Schools: What They Were
Computers and Technology
Schools today are so technologically advanced, that it may be hard to imagine what school would be like without computers, projectors, and tvs in every room. Though the idea is most likely hard for students in the 21st century, it probably never crossed the minds of students in the late 80s. This is so because schools were not technology oriented back then. When they were given an essay, they wrote them, whereas today, we type them.
Obviously, some schools had computers, but not in a large quantities. Why is this so? Because they were bulky, expensive, and in short supply. Of course, not many schools were wealthy enough to afford such expensive machines and found no use for them. Also, the first glimpse of the modern day internet wasn't invented until 1992, and the internet is one of the main reasons that modern schools invested in computers.
In 1987, many schools started to invest in "computer labs". These labs were exactly what they sounded like, rooms with computers in them. Although the modern internet still wasn't around, students could still play educational games, type some reports, and create basic programs. Although they were limited, students were able to do a variety of things with computers in the late 1980's.
After covering the technology that students would have in the late 80's, lets move onto the classes that said students would be taking. In fact, most of the classes they had are the same as the ones in modern schools. These classes include: Math, Keyboarding, English-Literature, Science, Social Studies, PE, Health, and Foreign Language.
After arriving at school, students would go through their many classes. They would wait... and wait... and wait... until recess! A playground back then would have stuff like the equipment shown in the picture below. After recess, students would finish the rest of the day with the remander of thier classes. Finally, they would go home.
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School Items from the Past
Used more than the pen. The pencil was the most common writing utensil.
A writing utensil that utilized ink to write.
The most commonly used material to write on
Utilized paper that was already written on to store information that is more easily accessible than that on a computer since electricity is not needed to view said information.
A book that contained many pages of blank paper, usually 70 pages at the least.
A device that attaches pieces of paper to one another by crimping a piece of metal through the pages.
A clear piece of plastic with an adhesive residue on one side in order to temporarily attach things.
A substance that binds things together once dry.
A piece of wood or plastic with numbers on the side in order to measure distance. The most common used by American students measured in inches and centimeters.
Mostly used by teachers to write on since the board was big enough to present to the whole class.