The earliest technological toolswere the paintings on cavewalls. The most commonthemes in cave paintings werelarge wild animals andtracings of human hands aswell as abstract patterns.
In the 1920’ Sidney Pressey invented the mechanical teaching machines. The aim of these machines was to provide drill for students to practice different items. .
The technologicalbreakthrough came in the1940’ in the USA during thesecond world war. Duringthis period soldiers weretrained through films andother mediated materials.
In the 1950’, Skinner,invented the programmedinstruction. Thisconsisted of theformulation ofbehavioural objectives.
Between the years 1980 and 1990, thepreferred technologies were:Micro Worlds (They were computerenvironments where learners couldexplore and build)Simulation (They were computerenvironments where learners couldplay with parameters of dynamicsystem)Hypertext
Also between the yearsmentioned before(1980 and 1990), www(World wide web), e-mail and forums,became popular.
Benefits of using technology in the class:Easy to access course materials.Student motivation.Wide participation.Improved student writing.Subjects made easier to learn .
Disadvantages of using technology in the class:Lack of proper training.Limited access to sufficientquantities of a technology.Extra time required for manyimplementation of technology.
Kinds of technology in the class:ComputerClass websiteClass blogs and wikisWireless classroom microphonesMobile devicesInteractive white boardsOnline mediaDigital games