Technology Timeline


Title:
Technology Timeline
Subject:
Professional Development, History, Future, Change
Grade:
Educators
Time Frame:
Less than an hour, though it depends on depth of conversation
Summary:
This activity is designed to get educators thinking about all the efforts, time, and money that has been expended related to New (for the time) technologies. Then, to get them thinking about why so few have had much of an affect on changing schools/learning. And finally, to get them to compare the technologies of their time in school to what learners have available today and in the next few years.
Tasks:
  1. Brainstorming Warm Up
    • Individually, on 3x5 cards, brainstorm "major" technologies that have been used in schools over the last 100 years.
    • Share ideas with the group. Add to or modify your list as needed.
    • Compare your list with this list of "major" technologies in schools
  2. Chronology
    • In pairs or small group, using this Chronology Chart, put the previous technologies within the decade they were widely introduced to schools. (Each person should write the answers on their own sheet.) - Bonus points for getting them in the right order within each decade!
    • As a whole group, compare your answers to when these innovations made their way into schools. Use Google to check your answers if needed.
    • Discuss which of these changes have been adopted/adapted by your school and any related thoughts you have.
    • Put the previous technologies within the decade they were widely introduced to schools. (Each person should write the answers on their own sheet.)
  3. Personal Affect
    • Take a few minutes to think if you remember any other technologies you have experienced in your school careers as a student or teacher.
    • With a highlighter, highlight those that have had a major affect on your education or within your own classroom.
    • Optional - as a whole group, have each person share a brief explanation of 1 technology that affected their education or within their classroom.
    • Reflection - This could be done in an online forum or face to face. Why have some technologies succeeded and others faded away? Why have so few had a major affect on changing how we teach/learn?
  4. Future
  5. Today's Learners (click here for a full session on Today's Learner)
    • In pairs of roughly similar age, using a Venn diagram (basic - advanced), compare the technologies available to you when you were a student with those available to today's students.
    • Optional - If you used the advanced venn diagram, as a whole group, discuss which technologies are only available to today's students at home and at school.
Objectives:
  • To get educators thinking about all the efforts, time, and money that has been expended related to new (for the time) technologies
  • To get educators thinking about why so few technologies have had much of an affect on changing schools/learning
  • To get educators to compare the technologies of their time in school to what learners have available today and in the next few years
Assessment:
Informal assessment only as this is a warmup activity
Resources:
Examples:
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Discussion:

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