Tuesday, October 26, 2010

About Older Than Retro

This site features the retro or vintage educational technology that has been collected in the World HQ of VocabularySpellingCity.The blog is written as a hobby by a few people, including the "mayor" of Vocabulary SpellingCity.

 If you happen to have any vintage educational materials cluttering up your attic or basement, such as a copy of the Science Song Records, a classic overhead projector, or a old telephone switchboard, I'll happily donate Premium Memberships, pay shipping, and maybe pay more.  Just this past weekend, I bought some surveying equipment that must date from the mid 1800s.

This blog, like its topic, has some history.  It's purpose and authors have shifted around a few times. It started as a discussion of the history of words before I went on a buying spree for vintage edtech.  I invite fellow hobbyists to post on it and am sometimes not involved in the content.

To be above-board, I'll disclose that this blog belongs to the Mayor of VocabularySpellingCity.com.  The Mayor (my name is John) also created:

Science4Us: A digital science curriculum that teaches physical science, life sciences, and earth and space science to early elementary school students. It also provides great science training for elementary teachers.

A online service teaching writing online!  Time4Writing.com. There are online eight week tutorials for students in high school, middle school, and elementary school (students must be in 2nd grade). The course is popular as an afterschool supplementary program and with homeschool families where the parents (usually Mom) is ready for a little reinforcements in giving feedback to the kids and developing their writing. The courses are run out of an online website and students to the work whenever it fits into their schedule. Roughly three hours of study is required per week. The students have the same teacher through-out the course which is highly motivating. Upon request, the courses can be accelerated which is often requested to fit test prep or vacation schedules.

Homeschooling Curriculum website. Time4Learning.com. Online automated learning for kids from preschool to eighth grade.  The service is also widely used as a supplementary skills sharpener or for summer study.

The leading vocabulary and spelling service online: Vocabulary SpellingCity.com. Enter your own lists, find popular lists posted by others, or use the sites teacher resources with materials such as  compound words,  homophones, Dolch Words, and more!

A great vocabulary building website that teaches analogies and idiomatic English and so much more!.

And some others. It should be understood that this is, among other things, a  type of advertising.
Of course, it's based on one of my hobbies and interests.  Which I enjoy. I hope you do too.