A Bedtime Story: The History of Education Tech

“We are in exponential times,” says Peter Mackey to his infant daughter in this new video about the history of instructional technology in the classroom. Mackey takes the youngster on a journey through the years while she pokes at his iPad.



He talks about how new technology is historically discovered to have educational value. When film was first introduced as a form of communication, how educators quickly embraced the technology for learning purposes. Today, we see companies focusing on the latest technology for educational value, such as the countless startups using social media and cloud computing to provide learning solutions.

Mackey ends the bedtime story by remarking on the rapid evolution of technology, using his daughter’s age as a frame of reference.

“Our schools are preparing our children for jobs that don’t currently exist on technology that will be outdated by the time they exit our classrooms,” he says. “This iPad, much like you, didn’t even exist two years ago. And by the time you can understand all the things I just told you, this iPad will be a relic.”

Who knew that education technology could be this adorable? Thanks for putting together such an excellent video, Peter.

  • http://twitter.com/pmackey11 Peter Mackey

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback. Much appreciated!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580087125 Rebecca Savastio

    Can you provide any insight on why the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics as they pertain to screen time for children, nor the current research on the effects of screen usage are not being taken into account in the educational arena today?