This week is my last week with my students. Therefore I wanted to have a special day for them. As a child, I was so different from them. I spent my afternoons outside building forts, gathering rocks, riding bikes, and playing ball. TV and video games were not a major part of time. I won’t say that I didn’t spend time with technology, but it was limited. Like many others, I had an Atari and spent time with Ms. Pacman!
I asked my students to research cameras, phones, and video systems from the past to the present making sure to include a visual representation. Afterward, I shared my collection of all (rotary phones, brownie cameras), concluding with the Atari. Needless to say the discussion was quite humorous. I explained the concept of an antenna and the lack of a remote. Taught them how to change the channels–by actually moving your body toward the tv. I was told…”That is too much work!” The elaboration on an outside antenna sent them over the edge!
They were able to experience Ms. Pacman and Centipede with the Atari, and I must say that …..I totally rocked the score!
By the way, all of my teacher friends are playing the Atari after school…..memories!