It started with a math problem. That problem brought on the challenge of more complex math problems. Humans were performing these complex math problems using various methods. Then came the abacus: a simple instrument designed to aid in performing mathematical calculations. One might say that this is where computer training began: the first teacher training the first student on the operation of the abacus.
Many years hence, other devices were created to aid in mathematical computations, yet the original ‘computer’ – the abacus – remained. Through the aid of electronics came the first computer. This first computer could fill a room. In fact, there are many from that era in use to this day: they still fill a room. The purpose of the first computer was to complete complex mathematical operations in little or no time.
In the beginning, computers were the forte of scientists and mathematicians. Then they became more prevalent making their way into universities and other higher learning institutions. At the universities and other higher learning institutions sat students undergoing their first computer training classes. Students anxiously stood in line after line to sign up for computer training classes: many were turned away due to over-crowding.
As technology advanced, these super computers began shrinking in size. In fact, computers can now be found that are smaller than a cornflake: they are properly termed microchips or mini-computers. Along with the shrinking size of the computer came the shrinking price of a computer. Eventually, computers became affordable enough for the average Joe to own. Not only were they small and affordable, they were portable (think laptop).
With all of these computers, somebody needed to know how to use them. Universities offered computer training courses as well as small colleges and technical colleges. What was once considered an intellectuals pursuit only, has become commonplace. High Schools initially offered computer science’s where basic computer programming and computer basics were taught. The computer then made it’s way into middle schools and on into elementary schools. It’s come to the point where everyone attending public schooling is exposed to some form or another of computer training.
It’s gotten to the point where young school-aged students began having more experience than the older generation. In fact, it seemed they were outpacing their elders in at least that one area of expertise.
The older generation began to recognize the need for computer training. Many were busy raising the younger generation. This generation found it difficult to take time to attend formal computer training in a classroom environment. Still others, busied by a full time job faced a similar dilemma. Computers were in the workplace and the higher paying jobs were going to those with computer knowledge or outright expertise.
Companies, institutions, and computer experts recognized this and took advantage of it. The lack of computer training and or lack of time created a niche. Computer training took off. Online computer training courses became available for just about anyone that could find their way onto the internet. This truly brought computer’s to everyone.
Considering the above account, one can’t help but wonder what the next step in the growth of computer training will be.