Tech in American Schools America: Then and Now [Infographic]

Can you imagine attending school in the early 1900s? You’d probably be placed in a one-room schoolhouse. In 1923, classrooms began incorporating radios into penmanship, accounting, history, and arithmetic lessons. Then in the 1930s, overhead projectors, initially used for military training, quickly spread to schools. The first ever classroom TV appeared in an LA classroom in 1939.

Fast forward to the 1960s—with the intent of giving students a simple programming language that is easy-to-learn, Dartmouth College develops BASIC in 1964. Three years later, classrooms get their first taste of handheld calculators, which were produced by Texas Instruments. Teachers must have been happy in 1972 as scantrons were used for the first time to automatically grade multiple choice tests. In 1973, The Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium is founded, and it popularizes school software such as Lemonade Stand (‘73) and Oregon Trail (‘74).

In 1984, the Apple Macintosh was introduced to America’s classrooms. By 2012, Apple is still hanging around in America’s classrooms—but with a different product. Last year, 1.5 million iPads were used in America’s schools. Today, 90 percent of students under the age of 18 have access to mobile technology.

To learn more about the amazing evolution of technology in America’s classrooms since the early 1900s, check out the infographic below presented by

Then Versus Now: How Technology in Schools Has Changed Over Time
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