FELTAG & EDTech In The 1920s?

Push Button education
Source: Paleofuture

Have you been following the FELTAG (Further Education Learning Action Group) conversation on Twitter?

FELTAG was set up by the UK Government to find out how the further education (FE) and skills sector could embrace learning technologies and have been asking FE professionals for their opinions.

There is no doubt that technology has the power to transform education from the way we teach, manage educational instructions, and design curriculum.

Every generation has its own new technologies that are supposed to change education forever. Current trends in the FE sector include MOOCs, big data, and the flipped classroom, but what would we be talking about 100 years ago?

In the 20's and 30's technologists predicted how the new inventions of radio and television would revolutionise the way we teach.

Predications of Blackboards Delivered Through TV & Push Button Education seem to somewhat foresee current trends in online to learning and responsive curriculum design.

Instead of sitting in classes and learning each subject from a particular teacher, schoolchildren will be able to learn individually from computers.”

Pupils would record attendance and answer questions by pushing buttons. Special machines would be "geared" for each individual student so he could advance as rapidly as his abilities warranted. Progress records, also kept by machine, would be periodically reviewed by skilled teachers, and personal help would be available when necessary.

Some predictions from the 1960's go on to anticipate how computers would eventually make schools virtually obsolete.

There could be no schools and no teachers. Schoolwork may not exist. Instead you will have to do homework, for you will learn everything at home using your home video computer. You'll learn a wide range of subjects quickly and at a time of day to suit you.

More fantastical and futuristic technology predictions envisioned a world where we would travel to our floating schools in pneumatic air pressure tubes and learn by plugging our brains directly into electronic books. I don't think that this is on the FELTAG discussion list just yet!

For more education technologies from the past read 15 Technologies That Were Supposed To Change Education

Follow the FELTAG conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #FELTAG

Tor Macleod 11:26

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