|To dwell on the earlier fads and disappointments that technology has generated in education would be pedantic. Innovators like to believe that theirs is the real revolution. But technology has been about to transform education for a long time. In 1841 the ‘inventor of the blackboard was ranked among the best contributors to learning and science, if not among the greatest benefactors to mankind’. A century later, in 1940, the motion picture was hailed the most revolutionary instrument introduced into education since the printing press. Television was the educational revolution in 1957. In 1962 it was programmed learning and in 1967 computers. Each was labelled the most important development since Gutenberg’s printing press.||”|
|—Sir John Daniel|
The blackboard has morphed into the electronic ‘whiteboard’; motion pictures still do play a large part in secondary English education for example; Apple TV plays a part in many junior classrooms. I think the message is that they are not the ‘real revolution’ so much as a supplement to what happens in the classroom and as such they enhance education.