Technology Timeline Application: Timeline Terri Anderson EDUC 8840 Dr. Foley
Agriculture Age • Extended Family • Family Business – Agriculture • Attachment to land • Foot and Horse Transportation • Face to Face Communication • Letter Writing • Oral /Multiage/Home Schooling
Industrial Age • Nuclear Family • Top Down Bureaucracies / Factories • Automobile/Airplane/Trains Transportation • Telephones/Overnight Mail Communication • Books/Videos/Filmstrips Education Technology • Schooling by age groups/video/television resources
Information Age • Single Parent/Two Working Parents/Childless Families • Collaborative Teamwork/Flexible Hours/Working from Home • Automobiles/Airplanes/Trains Transportation • Computers/Cell Phone/Computer to Computer Communication • Digital/Hyper Kids/Internet/Computer Education Technology
Biotechnology/Communication Age: Enter – The Fourth Wave The fourth wave has begun. Dr. Dede (2008) believed that the fourth wave will be the communication age and Dr. Thornburg believed the fourth wave would exist through biotechnology. However, the emergence of the biotechnology age and the communication age is apparent in our society and daily lifestyles. From online payment websites that meets the needs of the consumer to online education that allows for diversity and creativity, the growth of communication is evident. Similarly, from stem cell research to renewable energy, biotechnology is making a profound presence. Therefore, it can be concluded that the fourth wave, unlike the three previous waves, will be a combination of two ages that will coexist as one.
Biotechnology/CommunicationAge • Stem Cell Research • Online Learning • Online Working • Internet/Computer Applications on Cell Phones • Electric and Hybrid Automobiles/Airplanes/Trains • Renewable Energy Resources
References Thornburg, D. (Speaker). (2008). The Next Wave, Part 1. Laureate Education, Inc. Dede, C. (Speaker). (2008). The Next Wave, Part 2. Laureate Education, Inc. Toffler, A. (1980). The Third Wave. New York: Bantam Books.