Yesterday I walked into the PA Writing and Literature Project office and was greeted by three dinosaurs – three overhead projectors waiting to be picked up for recycling. And then I remembered…
Before there were smart boards and document imagers, there were overhead projectors and blackboards with white and yellow chalk.
Before there were online videos, there were filmstrips that melted when they got too close to the bulb and 35mm movies and videotapes.
Before there were emails and text messages, there were handwritten notes and phone calls from landlines.
Before there were CDs and music streaming, there turntables for 45s and vinyl albums and 8-tracks and cassette tapes.
Before the internet, there were phonebooks and encyclopedia sets and folded maps and catalogs.
The way we teach, the way we give and get information, the way we live is constantly changing, and hopefully we are better for it.