The Silicon Alley Insider recently named 21 technologies that became obsolete this past decade. Some items from the list were: the PDA, paid e-mail accounts, dial-up, film developing, video rental stores, landlines, public pay phones, VCRs, phonebooks, and CDs.
Joshua Kim from Insider Higher Ed’s BlogU wrote an article about Obsolete Learning Technologies. He included:
- Scantron Sheets
- Overhead Projectors and Transparencies
- Classroom VCR/DVD Players
- Course Packs and Course Readers
- Language and Computer Labs
- Paper Journals and Periodicals
This is my 4th year at Albany law School. I haven’t experienced al the changes in instructional technology for the past 10 years. But I certainly have seen many since I’ve been here.
Here is a list of those technologies that are gone or have decreased in use:
- Overheard Projectors – GONE – Professors are using powerpoint presentations or document cameras
- Cassette Recorders – GONE – We are using digital audio recorders
- Cassette Players – GONE – Professors are playing audio files off their laptop. Students are listening to them off their portable media players.
- Video Camcorders – GONE – We are using digital video recorders and webcams
- Photocopiers – LESS – Professors are uploading materials to TWEN or linking to online sources
- Bluebooks – LESS – Students are using Examsoft on their laptops to take their final exams.
- VCR/DVD Players – LESS – Professors are using their laptops to play digital videos from DVDs or off YouTube.
- Printers – LESS – Professors are uploading to TWEN and students are submitting assignments through TWEN or e-mail.
- Whiteboards – LESS – Professors are sharing content through powerpoint presentations or document cameras
- Scantron Sheets – LESS – Professors are using authentic assessments or Examsoft.
- Computer Labs – LESS – We only have one left. Almost all the students have laptops.
- Interactive Whiteboards
- Facebook, Twitter
- Videoconferencing, skype, webcasting
- Live chats
- Flash video
- YouTube, Vimeo
- Mp3 audio files
- Portable Media players
- RSS feeds
- and more…
In the next 10 years? Those that have LESS next to them may be GONE. New technologies will be appear…