students through the ages infographic

This infographic takes a look at the human race and how it learns, and has learned, throughout time.

50th – 40th Century BC

The technology available during the time:  sharp stones (for carving on walls), blood, fat, and minerals (for paint), and weapons (for practical use killing stuff).  Everybody was a hunter-gatherer, skills were passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth.  Language was (reportedly) based on music.

5th – 4th Century BC

They had an abacus and a waxed tablet they wrote on with a wood stick.  Schooling was private and expensive, and almost all men had to have military training.  The rich kids got to study with the intellectual minds of the time.  Also, the Ancient Greeks invented math.  Thanks for that.

11th – 15th Centuray AD

In Medieval England, the learning technology available was the ever-popular abacus, some wooden and wax tablets you could write on with a bone or ivory stylus, and a few overpriced books.  Women were only home schooled.  Oxford and Cambridge cropped up around this time, and 14 and 15 year-old boys were allowed to go, but the accommodations were lousy.  Cold, no windows.  Bummer.

1800-1900 – Victorian Times

Technology available – mechanical calculator, typewriters, ink wells, blackboards, chalk.  The majority of all children receive some sort of education.  School is mandatory until you reach 10 years old, then the age is raised to 12.  The first women’s college opens.

1950s – 1970s

Technology available – early computers, nibbed pens, electronic calculator (the early version), and microprocessors.  A curriculum was established, grants started becoming available, and 1 in 20 people ended up full time in higher education.


Technology available:  lots and lots of computers.  Cloud networks.  Mobile platforms.  Better pens.  (OK, I added that part).  Lots of people go on to higher education, and even though the fees have been hiked, people are still applying for colleges.

Design:  B

Cute.  Not my style, but cute.

Information:  B

Some good information.  It’s pretty much geared to the UK, but it is still educational.
Source: Students Through the Ages by Misco