I remember the first time I connected to the Internet. Those squeaks, squawks, buzzes of the dial-up modem were completely exciting. Throwing it back even further, I remember the first Laser Disc machine I ever used. The idea of not having to "Be Kind, Rewind" was a great feature and we could pause a movie without a dozen white VCR lines on the television.
Thinking back, what technology truly dazzled you?
My students loved playing Oregon Trail in my classroom. The "old" tech was that we played in on Apple II es. When my school library threw a box of OT floppies and some more of the working Apple IIe computers away, you can bet I did some dumpster diving so that I could have a better "mini" lab in my old classroom. It was a very good simulation game that made my students really think not only about the value of history and planning but also the value of a personal computer!
By the way..Oregon Trail just turned 40!
I was amazed at card readers. This is my first one - It came with a 128 MB card in it. They quickly faded after the plethora of flashdrives started popping up to replace the compact instant storage. I still use it to read cards from cameras but the purpose of using it as flash USB storage is ridiculous!
Wireless internet is some old tech that changed my life. I can not go back to the way it was! I used to provide professional development to teachers and had to carry a 24 port hub and 24 lan cables in my gear. To save time in setting up I would leave the cable plugged into the unit, so I had 16 ft cables going everywhere and would wrap them around the unit. We referred to this as the "spider".
Now, people can just open up the laptop and go where they need to go without me setting up a "spider" in the room.
Yeah, for new tech!
I remember my first exposures to computers in college. I followed a friend into the dark basement of the library to a large green-screened object. She sat down to do her homework. As she typed the various words, codes and symbols, I swore that would never be me. Not long after the experience, my boss at the printshop introduced me to the Mac. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_512K Look familiar to anyone? As I played with juggling disks to operate programs, I was fascinated by how easy it was. I remember creating a book of poems using every available typestyle. (I still have it.) Within a couple of years, I owned my own Mac SE. I loved the things I could do with it. No more typewriter for me!!! A dot-matrix printer yielded wonderful results. I find it funny to think about what it takes today for me to be happy with results. As technology has advanced, my expectations have skyrocketed.
Thanks for prompting the trip down memory lane!
PS: Interesting footnote: the girl who swore never to sit in front of a computer with words, codes and symbols spent 7 years as a programmer
I spent all of today digging through dusty rooms filled with long-neglected tech equipment. I am helping out a very isolated, very small, very poor school district in the middle of nowhere, AZ.
Though I came up with some equipment modern enough to be very useful, I also found a number of laser disk players! I have piles of old cables and sound equipment, and it all cost a very pretty penny in the '80s when the school got a huge grant and had a TV station, with all the bells and whistles.
As I poked through it all, I kept on thinking "everything this equipment was used to do can be done with a laptop these days!" And it's true. Now we just have to figure out how to get rid of the stuff in an environmentally safe way, so we have the space to do the work in the old area.
By the way, the green screen wall is covered with bookshelves now. I can't wait to dig it out and get going making some PSA's and videos!
Mine has to be cell phones. When I think back how expensive and HUGE the first phones were and how they have transformed our lives now I am in awe! I can't imagine not having my iPhone anymore. How would I get through my day if it was no longer available? Oh wait....maybe I would stop working if that happened!
I remember using the teletype machine my first year of teaching to teach students how to program in basic. It was amazing watching the machine click the holes in the paper to record the code. . . so long ago . . . and now all I have to do is type . . . .however every now and then that coding knowledge pops up again when I have to do basic html coding. . .
Oh yes, I remember those mimeo machines and lots of purple everywhere. It took a while for the papers to dry from the liquid. And it did smell. I also remember the first computers to come to my classroom. They were the green screen apples. Each machine had to have a floppy disk to run. The floppy had an exposed window that the students could not touch or it would damage the information. Telling early childhood kids not to touch, well you can only imagine.
Technology has changed how we teach and learn.
I did not expect the vidoe to open as it did. It grabbed my attention from the beginning. It is so different from the traditional videos that begin by sharing the equipment from the beginning. I think I will addd this one to my collection. Thank you! Here is one that is a little different but interesting . . .