The Evolution of Classroom Technology

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iPad 2010 The school slate reimagined. We can only wonder what the iPad will do for the world of education. Possibly the end of the textbook as we know it?
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XO Laptop 2006 A very portable and durable laptop. The creators of the XO Laptop believe in fulfilling the mission of "one laptop per child" by selling their product in developing countries for less than 200 dollars each.
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iClicker 2005 This device allows professors to poll or quiz students and receive results in real time.
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Interactive Whiteboard c. 1999 The traditional whiteboard was reinvented using a touch-detecting white screen, projector and computer.
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Hand-Held Graphing Calculator 1985 This machine did wonders for the field of math.
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CD-ROM Drive 1985 A single CD-ROM disc could store an entire encyclopedia, plus video and audio-much more than what was previously available in terms of storage.
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Plato Computer 1980 Hard to believe that public schools in the United States averaged one computer for every 92 student in 1984. In 2008, there was one computer for every 4 students.
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Scantron 1972 The Scantron Corporation made grading many students' tests simple for teachers. The machines were free to use, but the company made money by charging for special grading forms.
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TI Cal-Tech
The Hand-Held Calculator c. 1972 Teachers were slow to adopt calculators for fear that they would undermine the learning of basic skills, but many studies show that they improve students' attitude toward math.
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Filmstrip Viewer c. 1965 This device was very similar to a filmstrip projector, the only difference being that it was more personalized for individual use.
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Entertainment
Educational Television c. 1958 By the early 60s, there were more than 50 channels that included some kind of educational programming in the United States.
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Skinner Teaching Machine c. 1957 Behavioral scientist B.F. Skinner developed a series of devices that allowed a student to proceed at his or her own pace through a regimented program of instruction.
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Reading Accelerator c. 1957 With an adjustable metal bar that helped the reader hold down the page, this device was meant to improve reading efficiency. We think it might be the last thing we would want in our way when we are trying to read!
a headset with a microphone attached to it
Language Lab Headsets c. 1950 Inspired by theories that students learned best through repetition and drills, schools began to install cubicles with headsets and audio tapes.
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Mimeograph Machine
Mimeograph c. 1940 By cranking this machine with your hand, you could produce copies on something. The Xerox machine made this technology obsolete.