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he year is 1841. President William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia just one
month after taking office. He is succeeded by John Tyler. The city of Dallas is
founded in the independent Republic of Texas. China cedes Hong Kong to
the British. And, in the world of education, the chalkboard—black slate written on with
calcium carbonate—is introduced, an invention that will remain state of the art in education
for 150 years and will change the world.
It used to be that technology evolved, taking its time moving from one advancement
to another. Today it seems to mutate, instantly jumping from one level of capability to
a dramatically different one. For the oldest Baby Boomers, it could be argued that the
single technological innovation in their entire school lives, say 1952 to 1968, was the
ballpoint pen. Their school desks had the same inkwells their grandparents’ desks had.
Today, technology has education in a sprint to … well, that’s the problem. Nobody
knows exactly where.
Consider for a minute how technology once came into our lives. People had 13 to 25
years to get used to television. It took 13 years for TV to penetrate 50 million households.
Facebook, by contrast, took just two years to get to 50 million households. The iPad
sold 300,000 units the first day, and also was in 50 million households in just two years.
Plus—are you ready for this?—the iPhone is just eight years old.
It’s not just the speed of change; it’s the tremendous leaps in capability. Remember the
wonder of floppy disks and CDs? Well, a modern memory stick has 22 times the capacity
of a CD. And 11,200 times the capacity of a floppy disk! It could be argued that technology
is advancing at a pace beyond our ability to keep up. Consider, for example, new wearable
technology like Google Glass and the new Apple Watch. But there are people who can and do
keep up—the people who have grown up in this new technological world: the Digital Natives.
The effect of technology
on the design of space in