Technology in the Classroom

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Technology in the Classroom

Over the years many new technologies have been key factors in the process of learning. Fifty years ago when someone would need to research a subject the only sources were books and classes, when someone needed to do a math problem they had their brain, paper or an abacus to use, and interpersonal communication was limited to how loud you could talk, how detailed a letter you could write, or how long you could afford to pay for long distance phone calls. Now we have the calculator, internet, and computer that help children, as well as adults, learn faster and easier. The assistance of these technologies has helped to further research beyond what many thought possible. Due to these recent advancements, time is less of a problem: humans have been able to accomplish more now than in the past in a shorter period of time. These accomplishments have affected the school systems because students are able to access the most recent discoveries and receive the most up to date knowledge.

In 1965 a Texas Instrument engineering team began developing the first pocket calculator (Ball, 1997). In March 1967, merely two years later, the “Cal-Tech” was created that featured the four functions (-, +, x, /) and used thermal paper tape printout. It was not until 1970 that the first “hand-held” calculator was sold. Among the first on the market was the “Pocketronic” at $400 (Ball, Flamm, 1996). Year by year companies competed with one another by adding features such as rechargeable batteries, minimizing the size, and creating the LCD display (liquid crystal display) that exhibited eight digits compared the six digit original display. On June 25, 1974, Texas Instruments received the patent for a “miniature ele...

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