Remember when backed up files on “zip” drives held a whopping 1GB of data? Or when a telephone data cable was required to access the Internet? How about when the mobile car phone came in a bag? Or when the gaming console required cassette tapes? Or even the old reel to reel movie projectors that once ruled the classroom? Well, we want you to remember back to some old tech tools, toys, games, or software that you have used in the past and share them in our online game. See directions below and participate in our “Guess My Old School Tech” Fun Activity."
DIRECTIONS: This activity of “Guess My Old School Tech” is inspired by the old guessing games we played as children such as 20 questions, Password, or I Spy.
1. Think of a technology gadget, game, toy, or software you remember from your childhood, your early years of teaching, or even the early years of home computing/gaming. We want to share in the nostalgia with you, so try and think of something that would have been fairly common during that time era. Please - only one “Old School Tech” per post. Thanks.
2. Provide THREE hints that would help us identify the “Old School Tech” device, software, or toy. One of the three hints should be a modern day equivalent if applicable. Think about how your idea has evolved in our current day.
3. The players (any community member) will try to guess the answer.
Let’s keep the thread going to see how many walks down memory lane we can share together. Don't forget to come back and let us know if the guesses are correct if you posted a "Guess my Old Tech."
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I have one that I think many children of the 80's will remember. Put on your big hair thinking caps, folks.
Nostalgia link - One of my favorite "old school digital storytelling" bits with this was the Lollipop Dragon (which can be purchased on Ebay )
My old school tech...
1) My brother and sisters and I were so excited when we got this because we now had more than three choices...
2) We sometimes had to move the slide control gently, and put it in between numbers in order for it to work right...
3) When it rained, we were often out of luck.
What's the technology?
I remember the loud noise of the Riso Machine running and making the copies. I love the fact that we can now use e-files - whether it be the scanner to make copies of hard files or using resources like google docs or wiki's, or dropbox for sharing electronic files. This has to be the technology that all teachers have embraced how much better things have gotten - so many choices and your hands aren't stained from getting the copies that you need.
Oh, gosh- I don't have a picture of this one, and I'm OLD, so I bet this one won't be easy! It was truly "high tech" in its day, and expensive- but you only needed one in a classroom.
1. It had cards to be passed through the machine.
2. You could press a button and speak- the card would then have a recording of your voice on it. (It could match a picture or text you put on the card yourself.)
3. It was easy for students to mess up what you had recorded on the card!
Anyone remember this?
The science teacher in me requires a short recollection of how to appropriately use the empty Mimeograph canisters. After rinsing the can out with water, a small amount of water was then added to the empty can. The can was heated over either a Bunson Burner (preferred) or a hot plate until steam escaped out the opening. The can was then removed from the heat and the lid quickly screwed back on top. In a matter of seconds, the gases inside would cool and decrease the pressure. Anyone remember being excited as the can collapsed on itself?
Time for a minor challenge in Old School Tech:
Hint: All this and more can easily be accomplished today with a laptop.