Innovating in the education realm is no easy task. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult industries to disrupt because of its traditional brick-and-mortar nature. Or, well, at least that’s what we’re led to believe. If you take a trip down memory lane, though, you’ll see how far we’ve come using technology to create successful learners, starting all the way back in the year 1650.

Online tutoring service WebWiseTutors created an infographic chronicling advancements in education throughout the ages, offering a visual to demonstrate how technology has continued to push us forward, opening new doors for students and educators alike.

The infographic includes a timeline of tools used in the classroom over the past hundred years, like the simplistic horn-book and the more sophisticated liquid paper – known to most as “White Out.” Scantron received a mention, as did the tablet, which is now used to do reading, writing, calculations and much, much more.

There are two other sections included in the infographic as well, one that focuses on the present and future paths of technology while the other offers five ways for you to become an innovator and help shape the future of academia.

Take a look at the full infographic courtesy of WebWiseTutors, and then share with us your thoughts on the future of edtech in the comment section below.


Infographic via WebWiseTutors