The Evolution of Learning Technologies


My favoured learning technologies consist of my laptop, smartphone, notebook and pen. I still find it quicker to make notes on paper, rather than type. I tend to go for a pencil with attached eraser over a pen. The digital devices give me access to email, the Internet, a whole host of apps and software, digital storage for the things I create, plus access to social media and both my social and professional learning networks.

It is easy to forget in this tech rich world we now live in that some of what we might consider the basics such books, pens, pencils, notepads are indeed technology – just not digital technology.

This lovely infographic created by InformED takes us on a journey of learning technologies overs the years and includes:

  • Hieroglyphics
  • Abacus
  • Quill Pen
  • Printing Press
  • Pencil
  • Correspondence Course
  • Calculator
  • Computer
  • E-textbook
  • Tablet
  • Smartphone
  • Google
  • MOOC
  • 3 D printing and more!

by InformED



Header image: public domain licence

About Sue Beckingham

A National Teaching Fellow, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.
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