I was e-mailing a student this week who had somehow lost a large chunk of her final paper in cyberspace. She wanted no extension or extra help but rather wanted me to know that she had written the paper twice and that the second version might not be as stellar as the first had been. I told her that I had been in her shoes in the past when I was in middle school and had to work on a typewriter. A typewriter people! Yes, it had the correction button but it was a typewriter.
This sent me down a fun nostalgic trip of all the moments of technology introductions for me. Makes me feel old but it's also so cool to think I got to witness all of these cool inventions as they came on the scene.
- Record players - I grew up listening to records. We had the occasion to melt them in the window much to my parents dismay. :D I can remember both the introduction of tapes AND CD's. Then we had MP3's. That's four separate types of audio systems since I can remember. So crazy.
- Corded phones - A while back the girls and I were watching Honey I Shrunk the Kids. For the life of them they could not figure out what the main character was doing when she wrapped herself up in a cord while talking in the kitchen. My kids have never seen a corded phone. And in our house we don't even have a house phone, just cell phones.
- Cell Phones - I didn't get my first cell phone until college. Enough said. ;D
- I pod and Iphones - I personally didn't get an iphone until my 32nd birthday. I did have an ipod (not a touch) before that. When I first saw the introductory (clunky ass) iPod I was blown away. Carrying around music with no CD or tape. Blew my mind. Now I live with one in my pocket at all times. :D
- Ah, the internet. When I explain to my kids that when I was there age there was no formal internet it blows their mind. In this generation of instant information at all times they can't fathom phone books and libraries to get info.