Vintage education technology. In the VocabularySpellingCity office, we appreciate the history of educational technology & enjoy viewing previous "revolutions" in edtech. Visitors get to visit the museum. Have retired film strips, educ'l records, or whatever? We might give them a home. Did you use these technologies, were they revolutionary? Comment on the site or tweet to me: @VSpellCityMayor PS. I'm looking for a classic old teacher gradebook, have one?
Monday, April 22, 2013
Many Bridges Crossed, Miles to Go Before We Sleep
Most of this content is reprinted from a blog (with permission) by Miles MacFarlane. His original title was "20+ Years of EdTech." He has taught for twenty years. I've always liked Frost's poem and somehow, it became the subject of this post. Mr. MacFarlane wrote:
I have used every one of these devices in fulfillment of my
duties as a classroom teacher. These were the tools available to me
since I became an educator. It makes me feel rather old, but proud nonetheless, to have mastered
these valuable communication technologies for teaching and learning.
I figured out how this thing worked.
Even managed to get the hang of this bad boy.
I could tune in radio stations on AM AND FM. Shortwave was hit and miss.
I could drop my needle on any music track I wanted and weighted the stylus with pennies to compensate for scratches.
I could load film and flash, knew how many pictures were left, and where to take it for developing.
I mastered the hand-crank Gestetner...
... how to make spirit masters in the Thermofax...
and how to fill the electric Gestetner with copy fluid.
OK, never used a CB in class, but 10-4, I could work one for sure there good buddy.
Threading this monster was a challenge, but not impossible.
This was much easier, as long as the film and cassettes were rewound.
This vid camera was much easier to run than the16mm and the school had one. It was too valuable to use. Don't touch it.
If you stood the right way holding the rabbit ears, the picture was clear...
... and changing the channel with the remote was easy peasy!
Typing lessons was part of a healthy fitness regime.
And some say today's technology is too complicated.