Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Parent Post

This generation of students is more likely to be armed with cell phones, laptops, and iPods than with spiral notebooks and No. 2 pencils. Kids are high tech. They like electronics -- it's speaking their language.
Education is changing. Today Room 102 questioned a typical school day in the life of parents. We're curious about  your best memories of a school day. Was there technology?  Favorite book?  What could you tell us about your school memories?
Thanks for commenting!


  1. Wow, memories of technology...The internet could take up to an hour to load ONE page when I was in Jr. High (so much for researching a homework assignment on the internet during class time!). Computers were not found in every home until I was in late Jr. High/early High School, and there wasn't one in every classroom until I was in about 6th grade. Cell phones were not in every pocket until I was in college! We used things like overhead projectors, VCR's, and even film projectors where the movie came on a metal roll and had to be fed through the machine. It never failed...the projector would eat the film in the middle of the show and the teacher would spend 10+ minutes fixing it! haha!

    Favorite books included some of what you read today, including Where the Red Fern Grows. :)

    I attended norfolk Public Schools growing up, and at that time it was K-6 in the grade school, 7-9 in the Jr. High, and 10-12 at the High School. The middle school was just being built and was for 7th grade only. We switched rooms for science, social studies and math in 5th and 6th grades, otherwise we spent the rest of the day in our regular classroom.

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog and leave us a comment. Your “picture” of technology was an eye opener for students. We often grumble our computers are too slow. Students searched Google for an image of a reel-to-reel movie projector. :-)

    We still read the classics. A good book is timeless. I am going to guess that the arrival of new portable devices will begin the e-book revolution in classrooms. Same books; new delivery. Several students received an e-reader as a Christmas gift.

    As a former NPS student, YOU have seen changes in building configurations. Students all agreed they love the fifth grade’s new location at the middle school. 

    Your post added fun to our discussion. Thanks for visiting our virtual classroom and sharing!

  3. When I was in 5th grade we used typewriters much more than computers. Computers were a new concept and they were very limited in what they did. Instead of flash drives, we used floppy discs to store our materials. For excitement on a computer we played the Oregon trail.. We read more books and watched much less tv. I remember getting a Commodore 64 around that time which feature the game "Pong". Nobody that I can remember owned a cellphone and if they did it came in bag because it was so large and bulky. Music was on cassette tapes, not CDs or iPods. We had 7 tv channels (including PBS) and when watched movies, it was on the VCR. Jason Driscoll

  4. Thank you, Jason. This post was great! I told the students I would bring a “floppy disk” for “show-and-tell.” The majority of kids haven’t a clue. My search for a floppy disk led to some really funny “floppy disk stories” among the techy people. What WAS that horrible grinding noise coming from the floppy disk drive?

    The fast advance of technology is going to be a constant in students’ lives. Your comment of a world that moved at a slower pace was fun to read. It had me scrambling to explain, “Pong” and “7 channels of TV” to students. What was cutting edge technology is not only obsolete, but also almost entirely forgotten.

    Thanks for reading our blog and commenting. Your son was excited to share that his dad was "blogging."

  5. When I was in fifth grade, our school had one computer for 3 grades to share. We hardly ever got to use it, but I remember playing the game Oregon Trail also. We thought it was awesome back then, but it would seem very boring today compared to the fancy graphics they use in games now!

  6. We did not have calculators, computers, or electronic anything. If we were lucky we had a manual typewriter. To do calculations, including calculus, geometry, statistics, etc.,we used pencil and paper.