Obsolete Technology

Obsolete TechnologyHow many Windows operating systems can you remember? Mine go way back. I think the first time I was aware of an upgrade available was in 1993 or so. They were really growing and changing back then. I won’t get into my critique of Windows 8. I’ll throw this question out though: Since when is shutting down a “setting?” I suppose there are strengths in that operating system as well so I’ll move on. Nowhere can you feel the obsolescence of technology more than in the public schools. It seems districts either throw way too much money at technology kids can’t understand or they hang on to the antiquated stuff in fear the former will be true. I have a friend who collects age old machine keyboards. Some are made by IBM and others he has are made now for gaming and such. He has an affinity for the old machine feel of the keys. They give more of a resistance than the new ones.

If your district will let you, I recommend hanging on to old technology in your room. Sometimes it works better than the new stuff. Case in point, the printers they took out of my school a few years back were tons better than the ones that replaced them. A few were kept by accident and now teachers run to them to use them when the new ones break down. I would say a good rule of thumb is to keep old technology for at least a year. If you don’t use it in that time, it’s likely not going to benefit you. For example, you are not likely to use an overhead. Less is more but don’t throw away that which you may need. I guess that’s the fine line between a careful┬ámind and a hoarder. Keep it in mind though. You never know when you can use that old technology for something in teaching.


Having been a public school teacher since 1997, I've gained valuable classroom experience. Sometimes a great tool is a dynamite lesson plan. These posts are from a real teaching journey. I hope they inspire you. Thanks for reading!

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