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An interactive, graphic history of classroom technology, from the writing slate to the electronic tablet.


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Technology Critical What Technology Wants



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of -0001-11-30.

Curriki Review System
July 6, 2011

This resource received a 3* rating because it is part of the larger resource Resources for exploring "What Technology Wants" by Kevin Kelly, which received a rating of 3-Exemplary in the Curriki Review System. You can learn more about this larger resource by reading its review and comments.

Teddy Kamburov
June 3, 2011

I really love this learning object. It connects technology to education in a way that can also be connected to Kelly's idea of the "technium." It is amazing how far society has come from a mere one hundred years ago in general, and more specifically in education. I had no idea that the mass produced pencil was only available about 100 years ago. One hundred years later, we have an iPad. What's next? It seems like technology, or rather the "technium," develops at an accelerated speed as times goes on. I can't imagine what will be available ten years from now, but I'm hoping it is something that allows my car to drive me itself from Gainesville to Miami while I read or sleep.

Jillian Kistler
June 2, 2011

This is a great resource for any audience that you will present this topic to. Most of the gadgets that are shown are things we have all at least seen if not used in the classroom, which will only accelerate in our own classrooms. The greatest strength of this source is its simplicity. It is easy to follow, has great visuals and is user friendly. Through this simplicity even someone who is technologically "in the dark" so to say would be able to follow along and grasp the concept. With that said the only criticism I would add would be that there is not enough information on each object; how do they work exactly, what is the cost, etc. Now if this was going to be a launching pad from which students choose a technology and see how it impacted the world, then what a great place to start! Overall great resource, I really enjoyed it.

Tully Clark
June 1, 2011

I love this resource. Interactive timelines in general are awesome and I especially like this one-it's so cool to see the progression of clsasroom 'technium.' This reminded me of the part of the book where Kelly shows an image comparing the Montgomery Ward catalog of farm implements from the 1800s to the same, still viable, modern-day implements found on e-bay in that this timeline shows the continuum of educational technology, showing both how far we've come and how much we still use some things that were created so long ago. I think this would be great for classroom use. My only criticism is that there is not a lot of information tied to each slide, which is probably preferable when just looking through a timeline (you don't want it to be bogged down with too much info) but if I were using this in the classroom, I'd want to make sure I had some supplemental material to explain the timeline slides a little more in-depth. Overall, this is a great find!

Elizabeth Washington
May 31, 2011

Love it! This is way cool.

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