Colorado Technical Institute posted an interesting infographic that highlights just how far learning technology and tools have evolved with a collection of outdated educational instruments still used in the classroom and an interesting procession of tools used throughout the years.
Yes, the procession below starts with the rod as “educational technology” and then jumps to pencils. While robot teachers may or may not be a good idea, it is surprising to see them make this learning tool infographic as well.
Check it out for yourself below:
An important tool left off of this list is the learning management system (LMS). Many schools, business, organizations and even municipalities employ an LMS to better manage, report and track learning activities.
Learn more about learning management systems.
LMSs come in all shapes and sizes, but by incorporating social learning into these system, the entire online experience is enhanced with interaction, informal knowledge and the ability to collaborate. All very important concepts for any of today’s learners.
The chart above states the “70% agree that social media is a valuable teaching tool.” This is an important point to recognize not just where learning tools have come from, but where the best learning tools are heading to provide new learning experiences, more affordably and more efficiently.
Do you think the addition of social media to traditional learning to combine to form social learning is the best marriage of concepts since the addition of chocolate to milk? Are you still not sold on the value of social learning?
What are our thoughts on how learning tools and technology are evolving? There will be a slide show of the results (not really).
Jeffrey A. Roth
Vice President, Marketing and Communications