Obsolete School Supplies and the Tech That Replaced Them


It’s easy to look at kids in school today and think they have it easier than we did.

They get to use iPads instead of three-ring binders, Wikipedia instead of a dusty encyclopedia CD-ROMs and their classrooms are more connected than ours ever were. But while new tech makes learning a more enriching experience, it also makes it a lot harder to slack off.

Think back to those classes in which it was easy to share answers with your friends and get by without really doing too much work. Now, imagine having to log your homework in a personalized app that tracks your progress and reports it back to your teacher. Oh, the humanity.

Of course, using apps and high-quality digital games to learn subjects is probably a lot more fun than completing six pages of fill-in-the-blank questions during recess, so let’s not feel too bad about it.

“Twenty years ago, most teachers taught in the traditional way — from the front of the class, lecturing students, Today, classroom technology has allowed teachers to become ‘guides’ to learning — all while allowing the students themselves to play more of a role in the way they learn.”

Below, we’ve gathered examples of pre-digital revolution school gear, and the futuristic tech that’s replaced it.

Chalkboards replaced with SMART boards


Once as synonymous with school as yellow buses and navy uniforms, walking into a classroom with a chalkboard in 2014 is a bit like entering a Neolithic cave.

SMART Boards, created by the SMART Technologies company, are currently installed in  classrooms and offices around the world. They are basically large, wall-mounted touchscreen computers.

“[The boards] support collaborative learning and help create lessons that encourage social interaction, giving students a better and more engaging way to learn together.

Floppy disks replaced with external hard drives


Even 10 years ago, the floppy disk drives on school computers were wretched hives of old gum, pencil nubs and tattered paper.

secondary schools and universities have, of course, made the switch to the vastly improved external hard drive storage system.

Spiral notebooks replaced with iPads

ipad-notebook-flickr-english106The chronic spinal problems we’ve developed from the immense weight of our fourth-grade backpacks are a burden today’s students won’t likely have to bear.

A growing number of schools are giving their students iPads to download textbooks and take class notes. The devices also offer an endless number of additional learning experiences through educational app downloads.





TV carts replaced with YouTube videos


The squeaking down the hallway. The terrible picture quality. The struggle to see over your fellow classmates’ heads. None of it mattered, because a TV on a cart meant a no-stress class. In 2014, these contraptions are a dying breed, replaced with digital projectors and YouTube.

Know some more tech replacements? Feel free to add to this story…..

Ref: www.mashable.com [Max Knoblauch].

Arafat Manliki

I am a brand marketing communications professional and a digital marketing expert with years of quality education & experience. I can also be referred to as one of Nigeria’s leading consumer tech lifestyle enthusiast. My interests include but are not limited to technology, gadgets, Soccer, traveling and a strong passion for music.

You may also like...