Remember your first Apple Computer? Mine was a Mac LC. To Mac purists I may have been late to the party, but I made up for it with the number of computers purchased since then– and hoarded: the Quadra, the 20th Anniversary Mac, pretty much every pro model since the LC.
I consider our relationship a two way street- for the number of converts I helped the company acquire over the years, we’re square. They repaid me with the increase in stock price since I purchased it in the 90s. And I remember my dad saying Apple wouldn’t last- ‘the business world uses PCs,’ he would say. Guess who’s having the last laugh on that one?
But I digress… why the stroll down technology memory lane? My daughter found my old Atari 2600, so I took advantage of the discovery and introduced her to old school technology. Go antiquing if you must, so you have some to share- an old typewriter, an old computer, a walkman or even better, an original Atari!
The excitement! “Daddy, we have Ms PacMan if you want to play it!” The plug-in and console explanation alone are a history lesson- the antenna connection, the TV Type- color or B&W, inputting the cartridge. What’s a cartridge? My daughter liked the simple ones best- Break-Out, Ms. PacMan. The cat liked the maze of cords and the bouncing ball.
Imagine all the potential connections from a simple morning of old school screen time: programming and coding, electronics history, the Jobs & Gates biographies, lessons in perseverance, entrepreneurship stories, Minecraft and iPad game comparisons and so much more. It’s another example of good screen time.
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