My old school tech game was
1 It had parts that could be put into the middle rack and taught kids home economics like a microwave.
2. It used electricity for heat.
3. it caused a chemical reaction the produced a sweet treat.
If I showed you a picture you would get it in a minute
This device was very popular at my elementary school:
1) It had 2 rotating "wheels";
2) Students were NEVER allowed to operate it;
3) It was used to show educational video documentaries.
One extra hint: every now and then we were rewarded with the image "burning up".
(Reading these posts sure brings back memories, in particular, the smell of freshly mimeographed copies.)
I've got two:
For my freshman high school math class in 1975, I was required to purchase a calculating device. Fortunately, I had received one the previous year for my bar mitzvah. I used it primarily for multiplication, division, logarithms, and trigonometry. The next year, my dad purchased our very first 4-function digital calculator for $70. I still needed my other calculating device because the digital calculator couldn't do all of the things my analog calculator could. What required math tool did I receive for my bar mitzvah and use for two years in high school math?
In 1979, my high school purchased its first computer and it was housed in my math teacher's classroom. Only a select few were able to touch it. We learned BASIC programming to create software for the computer to run. We had to use cards that we marked with sharpies and run the cards through the computer reader. The computer and the company was named after its creator, who wanted to rival IBM, but things didn't pan out. What computer was it?
Ding, ding, ding, Linda- right you are- the Language Master! Tom, they were pretty cool, but savvy students could erase them and record their own unique language over what had been placed there by the teacher. You can just imagine what some of them were! You had to check all the cards at the end of each day!
Oh, Gail! That dinosaur of an Opaque Projector!!! Weren't they something! I'm so glad to have document cameras! I even use my phone now and scan pages- save them to my dropbox, and they are instantly available on the computer with the LCD projector! I can even embed it into a flipchart and mark it up on the ActiveBoard!
Gail, I bet you and I have each had about the same amount of experience with threading movie projectors as well- the reel-to-reel type which clicked while the movie was being shown! and then there was the one and only video player in my school- it was also giant-sized- the most expensive "professionsl" model! Nobody else could operate it, and I was frequently called across the hall to get it working for others. The video I have saved won't play even on a VHS or Beta player.