Monday, May 16, 2005

becoming obsolete

great comeback from a year 9 student the other day when I described his age group as the "ipod generation"

quick as a flash he replied, "you're the floppy disk generation"



Anonymous Mark Divito said...

I felt like I was in the "spirit duplicator" generation of teachers when last year I made comment to a student teacher about how newly printed worksheets are warm when handing them out but in the past there was that unmistakable alcohol smell and students used to immediately sniff them. The student teacher didn't have a clue what I was talking about. I guess not only did I have spirit duplicated worksheets throughout my own schooling but I used them extensively for the first (the most impressionable?)few years of my teaching.
I haven't used a floppy disk for two years and then it was only to fix a partition error in order to get a fickle hard disk to boot on a home computer. Yet I have just been supplied with a brand new desktop at work which contains a floppy disk drive just above the 2 USB ports and next to the DVD burner! Obviously the "floppy disk generation" is alive and influential in the SA government corporate sector! Maybe the student was referring to the "real" floppy disk (the 5 1/4 inch) which didn't have the hard plastic shell and would flop in your hands...however no middle school student has probably ever seen one!!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Bill Kerr said...

hi mark,

spirit duplicator, yes, that brought back the memories, the smell of meths

I have one of the old 5.25 inch floppy discs in my room, which I showed the same group of year 9s the other day

I explained it to them, "the bigger they are, the less they hold". I was hoping for a reaction out of that but they just took it for the normal ravings of the older generation :-)

10:18 PM  

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