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#1 Scott Baret

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:12 PM

In the past few weeks, I've managed to snag the following on eBay:

 

--Broderbund/Sensei Geometry

 

--Where in America's Past is Carmen Sandiego

 

--The Treehouse

 

Not the most common titles out there, especially in boxed condition. Always hunting for the more obscure educational programs so these fit right in.


"Education is life."

#2 Scott Baret

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:55 PM

BOOM. Just found a copy of Kid Cuts on eBay for $5. Brand new, shrink-wrapped. Of course, I moved in to snag it...


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#3 BadGoldEagle

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 05:27 PM

Great finds! It always feels a bit special when you open a 20+ year old box for the first time. NICE!

As you said those titles are rather rare, it would be a good idea to preserve them (mac garden?)


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#4 Themk

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 05:45 PM

I love the thead title! Haha

Youve posted quite a few software conquests recently! Very nice! Conquests arent always machines.

Macintosh SE SuperDrive, Macintosh SE/30, Apple IIgs ROM3, ImageWriterBanger II.

Currently building the amazing 68040! Performa (Quadra??!!) 638CD gets 40MHz full '040 [;)] , Ethernet, 136MB RAM, AV input card, and maybe something else. Should have performance comparable to the Quadra 840av when done! (A/UX doesn't work, but I still like this little guy right here: [:P] )


#5 Scott Baret

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 05:24 PM

Add another one...

FullPaint with WetPaint sampler!!
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#6 Themk

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 05:41 PM

How do your students react to using computers they have never seen before? I could see why they would like the classic macintosh architecture, but what sre their initial Reactions?

Macintosh SE SuperDrive, Macintosh SE/30, Apple IIgs ROM3, ImageWriterBanger II.

Currently building the amazing 68040! Performa (Quadra??!!) 638CD gets 40MHz full '040 [;)] , Ethernet, 136MB RAM, AV input card, and maybe something else. Should have performance comparable to the Quadra 840av when done! (A/UX doesn't work, but I still like this little guy right here: [:P] )


#7 Scott Baret

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 03:01 AM

How do your students react to using computers they have never seen before? I could see why they would like the classic macintosh architecture, but what sre their initial Reactions?

 

It's always fun to watch this!! They comment on the computers being old, but as soon as they start using the software, they get hooked. It's the initial reactions that are indeed priceless.

 

"This thing is ancient!"

"Is this from the 80s?"

"Where did you find this thing?"

"Can I watch YouTube on this thing?"

"What good is this thing when it can't play Minecraft?"

 

One thing you'll see right away is the kids will try to hold down a menu by simply clicking on it, which isn't possible on the older Macs. They always seem to figure out how to do it properly right away. The one-button mouse gets a lot of "huh?" reactions, as does anything that isn't in color (whether it be an individual program or the use of a Classic or SE; they don't seem to know that black and white monitors existed at one point).

 

After working with the computers for a while, most of them start asking me where to buy an old Mac or the software for them. They always ask "which website did you pull up?"...to which I have to explain that these are not websites.

 

When the kids see them for a second time, they immediately ask if they can play whichever program they left off with. Number Munchers, in particular, is one they request a lot. (Actually, I just finished a session where Number Munchers got used about two hours ago).

 

Keep in mind all the kids I use these programs with were born in the 21st century. A current middle schooler likely can't remember a time before the iPhone.


Edited by Scott Baret, 09 May 2017 - 03:04 AM.

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#8 Themk

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 03:14 AM

Wow, thanks for sharing! That is really cool to hear. Do any of them ever want to take their documents home on a floppy disk? Lol.


Macintosh SE SuperDrive, Macintosh SE/30, Apple IIgs ROM3, ImageWriterBanger II.

Currently building the amazing 68040! Performa (Quadra??!!) 638CD gets 40MHz full '040 [;)] , Ethernet, 136MB RAM, AV input card, and maybe something else. Should have performance comparable to the Quadra 840av when done! (A/UX doesn't work, but I still like this little guy right here: [:P] )


#9 Scott Baret

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 03:20 AM

I do get questions as to what floppies are if I use one around the kids!! This doesn't happen often, but I've had to explain that they're "what we used before flash drives to back stuff up and take it between computers".


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#10 StPalligrl

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:56 PM

What a great idea!  The best part about it is the kids well never forget your class......they probably already brag to their friends about learning the skills to use the old relics......... :sleepy:

 

 

 

 

 



#11 olePigeon

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 05:35 PM

If you wanna blow their minds and you have more than one Mac there, put Bolo on those bad boys, and let them duke it out over an AppleTalk network. :)

 

Watch them harvest resources, build bunkers and pillboxes, and fight each other over bases.



#12 Scott Baret

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 03:23 AM

I'll have to think about Bolo sometime!! I do have Wagon Train 1848 and a box of 15 LocalTalk boxes...

 

So far, the kids have only experienced networking with printers. Which reminds me, I'd love to get a Color LaserWriter sometime...


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#13 Themk

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 03:24 AM

Bolo is a fun game. Maybe not an educational game, but certainly fun!


Macintosh SE SuperDrive, Macintosh SE/30, Apple IIgs ROM3, ImageWriterBanger II.

Currently building the amazing 68040! Performa (Quadra??!!) 638CD gets 40MHz full '040 [;)] , Ethernet, 136MB RAM, AV input card, and maybe something else. Should have performance comparable to the Quadra 840av when done! (A/UX doesn't work, but I still like this little guy right here: [:P] )


#14 olePigeon

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 03:49 PM

It teaches coordination, resource management, architecture, and geography. ;)



#15 CC_333

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 04:35 PM

It teaches coordination, resource management, architecture, and geography. :wink:

A pleasant side effect :sleepy:

 

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#16 Themk

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 04:37 PM

LOL, I'm sure you will figure out a way to incorporate it somehow :wink:


Edited by Themk, 11 May 2017 - 04:44 PM.

Macintosh SE SuperDrive, Macintosh SE/30, Apple IIgs ROM3, ImageWriterBanger II.

Currently building the amazing 68040! Performa (Quadra??!!) 638CD gets 40MHz full '040 [;)] , Ethernet, 136MB RAM, AV input card, and maybe something else. Should have performance comparable to the Quadra 840av when done! (A/UX doesn't work, but I still like this little guy right here: [:P] )


#17 Scott Baret

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 04:43 PM

Of course!!

 

I actually use Shufflepuck Cafe to teach tally marks. It's also good with that age set to test/build fine motor skills.


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#18 Themk

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:43 PM

Very nice, I keep forgetting Shufflepuck uses tally marks!


Macintosh SE SuperDrive, Macintosh SE/30, Apple IIgs ROM3, ImageWriterBanger II.

Currently building the amazing 68040! Performa (Quadra??!!) 638CD gets 40MHz full '040 [;)] , Ethernet, 136MB RAM, AV input card, and maybe something else. Should have performance comparable to the Quadra 840av when done! (A/UX doesn't work, but I still like this little guy right here: [:P] )


#19 Scott Baret

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:04 PM

Found a copy of Stickybear Bop for Apple II. This one has evaded me for a good while now.

 

Time to finally put the IIe card in the LC...


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#20 james_w

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:18 PM

That's a great use for Shufflepuck Cafe - love it!


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