Vintage education technology. At Time4Learning , we appreciate the history of educational technology & enjoy viewing previous "revolutions" in educational technology. We live at the cutting edge of technology-mediated education and live amidst slide projectors, mimeograph machines, and even an old slate. Did you use these technologies, were they revolutionary? PS. I'm looking for a teacher gradebook typical until around the turn of the century, have one?
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The Polaroid Instant Camera
Somethings never change, right? Think today's cell phones, Instagram, Twitter, and hordes of other instant tools for sharing images.
Back then, the image would slowly appear over around 90 seconds (as best I can remember) after you yanked out the paper from the camera. It came with a four tube that had a spond in it drenched in some sort of "fixed" which we would rub over the picture once it had finished developing. It felt very technical, high tech, and exciting.
Edward Land started the camera reportedly inspired by his daughter who .."wanted to see the picture NOW!" The camera and company's highlights were in the 1960-80s when it was lauded as an example of American technological and entrepreneurial prowess. Wikipedia summarizes it as:
Polaroid Corporation is an American-based international consumer electronics and eyewear company, originally founded in 1937 by Edwin H. Land. It is most famous for its instant film cameras, which reached the market in 1948, and continued to be the company's flagship product line until the February 2008 decision to cease all production in favor of digital photography products.
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I still have my Polaroid camera that I bought as a teenager. I remember the film was for about 10 pictures and it was quite pricey. I also still have one of those bulky camcorders. At the time though, it was considered compact. Maybe I should dust it off and bring it in.
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