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Old 08-22-2020, 07:30 PM
 
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Overhead projectors were considered using technology!


Add your years of teaching using something from your first years.


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I'm on year 11, but things have changed so much since I started. Doc cams seemed to be a big "new" thing when I started. I also took some extra training in college on using smartboards, which were cutting edge technology at the time. We were told knowing how to use them would give us an edge in hiring. Now, smartboards are considered way outdated!

We had them when I started at my current school (I'm on year 8 there) and probably 4 years ago now we were told that we were welcome to continue using them, but that if they broke they wouldn't be fixed/replaced as the parts were no longer being made and therefore they were very expensive to maintain.

When we moved into our new building, 3 years ago, we got Apple TVs. The picture is crystal clear, and the "mirroring" is easier than having to plug something in for the smartboard, but there are many days where I still miss the smartboard! The Apple TV isn't interactive and I'm not sure why so many think it was somehow "better." My kids used to love coming up and moving things around on the smartboard. The crystal clear picture and the ease of mirroring don't make up for that for me.
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Old 08-22-2020, 07:52 PM
 
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I thought I was fancy because I had a chalk holder.
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I am on year 38. I think I can still see the purple on my hands from the mimeograph machine. (It was a way to make copies. You had to hand crank out the copies. They printed in a purplish ink. Usually the machine was in a small closet. The fumes were strong in enclosed spaces.)
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Old 08-22-2020, 09:24 PM
 
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And the kids all loved to sniff the purple ink. Iím sure that would be seriously discouraged nowadays.

I remember when whiteboards (Not smartboards) were cutting edge.


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I taught at a Catholic high school 14-16 years ago and the computer in my classroom never worked in the two school years I taught there and no one would fix it for me. I mainly developed materials at home on my own computer. This was back in the days of the old dell desktop computers which were what was in each classroom with a slight upgrade from dial up internet. There was no such thing as zoom, FaceTime, smartphones, or anything else and no one used technology in the classroom as a tool to teach students.

When I had a music business, I did not really need to use a lot of technology to teach band so I never saw what the classroom teachers were doing. This year when I started working as an assistant at a public school, I was surprised to see that all teachers got district issued laptops and IPads, and all assistants and students got district issued IPads. I never use my school iPad because my own is better, and there is really nothing I even need technology for in the in person classroom since as an assistant I donít do lesson plans. I have never worked at a public school, at least not as an official employee, so this was all new to me.

Of course not that we are all remote to begin the school year, I will probably have to get on zoom which of course I can do and have attended many district meetings that way.
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Old 08-22-2020, 09:48 PM
 
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For my technology Ďexamí for getting credential I had to thread a film projector. Yep, we actually had to go into a room and someone watched us thread and operate the projector.
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Old 08-22-2020, 11:32 PM
 
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Entering your grades into a computer program was high-tech!
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I am on year 19.

My first year teaching, I had one computer with Internet access but no district email. When my principal wanted to give us information he would put a paper memo in our box. I used to hole punch the memos and keep them in a binder.
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Old 08-23-2020, 03:28 AM
 
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I used a record player while student teaching.

I used an opaque projector to create posters my first year.

For several years one of my centers was an overhead projector.

My listening center used cassette tapes. Now we use QR codes.


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I am on year 32. We used to not have phones in our rooms. We had to go to the office and stand in line to use the phone. If someone called for us we were either paged over the PA system or they put a note in our box. I typed my first newsletters on a type writer. That changed quickly to computers in my first couple of years. I still have my record player in my room. It was before CD's and the internet.
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Chalk boards
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When I started teaching we had one tv on a cart for the entire building to use.

This was also considered high tech.

https://www.reddit.com/r/nostalgia/c..._used_to_draw/
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Old 08-23-2020, 05:44 AM
 
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Onion girl, we just got phones in our room this year.
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I'm starting year 10.

I never needed to use an overhead, and my current school is the school I've worked in that had them. But, funny overhead projector story! In college, all of our classrooms had Elmos. When I was teaching a lesson in a 1st grade practicum experience, we had the overhead hooked up with some transparencies I was going through (following the lesson planned by my cooperating teacher). The overhead was set up, but at the moment, we weren't using it. As we were talking about something, someone pointed something out about the page in their book (not what was on the overhead), and it was a good teaching moment. I took the teacher's edition and plopped it on the overhead to point out to the students what the one student noticed and discussed it. I was SHOCKED that no one could see it on the screen. I was so used to document cameras, I didn't realize you HAD to have transparencies to work an overhead! My cooperating teaching was laughing so hard. Lucky for me she was so sweet and understanding, she thought it was great! I was able to adjust easily and I took the teacher edition and held it up and pointed and then walked around and help the kids find the same thing I was referring to. I guess I learned something new that day!

My first year teaching, not all of the classrooms had Smartboards. My room did not. It had a Mimeo instead. I hated that thing.

When I first had Smartboards, they only allowed 1 person to use it at a time. When I moved to a new school a few years ago, 2 people could use it at the same time.

Right now, my school has Promethean boards. These are awesome and so much better than Smartboards. I don't need to hook up my computer if I don't want to. I can do everything right from the Promethean board. Up to 15 or 16 people can write on it/move it around at the same time. The picture is amazing! I imagine it's like Haley's Apple TV. The kids can still manipulate things, move things around, it's interactive. I love it. It's huge. I use it for everything...and I have to admit, it's fun to watch Netflix, youtube or Amazon on it while I'm working after hours because it's HUGE!
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Colored chalk use to WOW! the students when I began teaching
1st classroom computer used 8 inch floppy disc-hated it

Whiteboard was a revelation and magnetic too!

I still used my overhead my last years of teaching
never got a SMART board think I was to dumb to use it

teaching got easier with the miracle of Command Strips-could hang those poster and pocket charts anywhere



The greatest advancement for me was putting in attendance electronically and never-ever again having to figure total 1/2 days.
(private school and that was a teacher responsibility)
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Thought of more!
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I thought of more, too.

My first two years teaching, report cards were handwritten. Attendance and comments were done electronically, but filling in grades were done by handwriting it. We'd either have to give our stack of report cards to specialists to record their own and coordinate times so that we all had ample times to do report cards, or the specialists gave us a little spreadsheet of what to put for each student and we had to fill it out ourselves. We were ecstatic when we got word that everything would be electronic!

This past year, we were talking about how technology changed. My students (4th grade) didn't know what a CD, discman, CD player, cassette tape was. Many had never watched DVDs or blue rays at home, just streaming only! Needless to say, they were shocked when I told them about VHS's and video rental stores where you had to rewind a video before returning it!
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I forgot to mention that at my Catholic school we did not have district email addresses either. I even have one now as an assistant even though parents would never contact me because we are not allowed to talk to them about students.
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Old 08-23-2020, 07:48 AM
 
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Year 35. Mimeo machines and colored vis-a-vis markers for my overhead projector. Getting a vcr/ tube tv on a cart to share with the whole school!
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I am on year 35, and that was exactly what I was going to put in my post! I thought it was pretty awesome to have that chalk holder to make writing lines on my chalkboard!
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I can operate a purple ditto machine, I constantly went home with chalk in my pockets at the end of the school day, and I hand-wrote report cards and averaged grades with a calculator.
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Loved the opaque projector. I used it to make items for my walls in my classroom! Chalk and chalkboards were a necessity!
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purple ditto machines
separate smoking lounge for teachers

green chalkboards with dusty chalk
thematic teaching(still love that)

record player when student teaching
no computers (hooray)

cooperative learning
Madeline Hunter

teachers gathered in the mornings before school in the lounge for coffee and chat and met together again for lunch. The teaching life was team thinking and helping each other. Admin were trusting of teacher judgement and micromanagement was nonexistent.


I am so glad I had those years of teaching.
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Getting a vcr/ tube tv on a cart to share with the whole school!
Same!!!
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I had a couple of film strips that I used to show and read a story to my pre-k kids.

We also used records - a lot!

No email - parents had to call and make an appointment to talk to you.

Preschool was play based only!
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Such a fun thread to read through! Thanks for sharing!
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for writing was FrEDwriter. Apparently you never needed to add software

floppy disks

Oregon Trail was the only computer game on the Apple Computer.

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I walked into my classroom and there was a TV on a wooden stand in my room. It was B&W, but it was a TV!

No record player, but we had a filmstrip projector!

Purple mimeo copies and it was turned by hand.

All report cards and permanent records done by hand.

And I had a piano in my room!


They were the best days!
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ditto machines, mimeographs, photocopies on crinkly off yellow paper with brown images, the wonder of a machine that took a page with pictures and/or text and made a ditto master saving hours of drawing or correcting,

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My big technology advance was using a record player-cassette tape combo to create my own mix tape of various children's songs to supply music for dancing during indoor p.e.

I could take individual songs from various records and put them onto the cassette to put into the school cassette player to use in the rearranged lunch room.

Another major technology plus was a radio-cassette tape player we bought decades ago (and still have) that would quickly skip through a song to the next and the next so you could semi-quickly locate and listen to a desired track.

I once read an article and haven't been able to locate it since that recounted various gloom and doom predictions for technologic advances. The one I remember best was the educational destruction to be wrought by moving from fillable fountain pens to ball points.
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Thematic units were in when I first started, and No Child Left Behind had just been implemented. Year 20.

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With youóoverhead projectors were my go to.
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