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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.

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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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I love the thead title! Haha

 

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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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......... |)

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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

A pleasant side effect |)

 

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

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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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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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