Historical Timeline and Predecessor Assessment

Historical Timeline and Predecessor Assessment

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Historical Timeline and Predecessor Assessment

Emerging Education Technology Advances


Over the recent times, there have been several advances of technology in the education sector. Undoubtedly, the advances have revitalized the education sector. It is because of technology that nowadays we learn using tablets and mobile gadgets. Moreover, technology has simplified teachers’ reach to the students and made learning possible wherever a person is at any time. This paper aims to explicate the historical timeline of three predecessor technologies prior to the emergent technology and their influences in the education sector.

Predecessor 1: Oral Communication

Oral communication was one of the most dependable ways used to give formal instructions. However, due to the human discourse over some time, technology has progressively been used widely instead. In the old days, our ancestors used oral communication to transmit and keep stories, histories, legends, and news. As a result, exact retention was required for accurate information. While oral custom is still used in certain communities, technology has ensured that people no longer need to recite or compose any information to be able to retain the information.

Predecessor 2: Written Communication

This involves writing down of the contents to be delivered. The history contents writing in education can be associated with Socrates who railed against the composed forms of communication. This opened ways to more transient methods of disclosing information and reduced the chains involved in thinking and retention of the communicated knowledge by recitation. As a result, written communication facilitated the storage of information in records paving way to advances such as printing and the internet. These advances promoted the quick development of education worldwide, as printing became a principal operator of progress.

Predecessor 3: Broadcasting and Video

The first televised instructive project to the students was in 1920s by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The discussion of the Insects about Man that was televised by the BBC in 1924 was the game-changer in providing instructions to the learners. After that, many educators globally sought to use videos to be part of the education and has since grown due to the advances that have been made.

Emergent Technology (Computer-based Learning)

Learning has been customized due to the use of computers and tablets. Computer-based Learning (CBL) is the application and use of computers as the primary devices/components in the educational environment. While computers can be used in the classroom, it broadly refers to the use of computers for the teaching purposes. The concept is distinct as learning becomes a peripheral element as students gain the relevant experience required. This has advanced over the years and nowadays one can provide an instant and quantifiable feedback while using the systems.

While CBL first received a number of criticism at the start, it is no doubt that it has automated instructing and allowed for more organized data without the intercession of humankind. Moreover, CBL provides a platform for the educators to measure the progress in a structured environment typical to the classroom. This has limited the stress that they undergo and made them to focus solely on the elements of pedagogy. Additionally, cell towers and mobile phones have also been used in the educational environment.


Conclusively, the advances of the technology in the education sector has facilitated the smooth learning and teaching processes. However, while technology has its share of negativity, it has completely revolutionized this sector. Thus, careful steps need to be taken to ensure that the advances like the internet, videos, broadcasting, and computer-based learning do not erode the educational environment.


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