Technology is changing the way we live and do work, but it’s also transforming the way we learn. In the past several decades, technological innovations have made their way into the classroom and forever altered the course of education.
Apple II desktop computers were cutting edge for their time, but computers today are smaller, faster, and give us immediate access to learning programs.
A chalkboard was the norm in 1988, but now those screechy, dusty boards have been replaced with SMARTboards in classrooms nationwide.
Students used to lug around dozens of books for classes but now, many schools provide Kindles or tablets so students have access to hundreds of books at a time.
It used to be that students had to go to the principle’s office to make a phone call. Today though, most students have cell phones that let them easily communicate with others.
In the past, teachers would write down homework on the chalkboard for students to copy and complete. Today, teachers upload problems into online portals for students to access.
Parent-teacher conferences used to be a once a year event. Today, parents have instant access to all of their children’s teachers through email.
Encyclopedia Britannica was a feat of book binding back in the day. Now though, the internet has erased the need for hardcover encyclopedias. A simple search query in Google reveals facts and stats about millions of topics.
25 years ago, papers were written out by hand and turned in to teachers. Today though, teachers expect papers to be typed according to their word count specifications.
Storing information on a floppy disc or CD-rom was the norm 25 years ago. Today, thumb drives, or web-based storage like DropBox, are the most convenient way to transfer files.
In 1988, you were lucky to have just one computer at your school. Today, schools have vast networks of internet-connected computers that give students and teachers access to information instantly and increase opportunities for learning.
If you are a parent, most of the older gadgets here were what you used when you were in school. If you try to help your kids now, it might be hard with the new ways everything is taught. So, to avoid nightly homework battles, let us tutor and you parent. We can help your child succeed!