Exploring the Evolution of Technology: A Journey for Parents

Room 11 embarked on a journey through time, exploring the evolution of technology. From the early days of electricity to today's sleek gadgets, the students became budding historians and scientists, diving deep into the past to understand how far we've come.

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Understanding the Power of Electricity

The adventure began with a simple question: How does electricity power our daily devices? Guided by curiosity, the students delved into the history of innovation, discovering artefacts our ancestors once used.

A Glimpse into the Past

Room 11 explored how movies and TV shows were once printed on wheels, frame by frame. Comparing these old devices to modern ones, students noted significant differences in energy use and functionality.

Hands-On Learning

Te Mihi had a mini expo where we interacted with Atari and Sega gaming systems. The students realised early gamers were tethered to their consoles, imagining how challenging it must have been.

This would be hard to play as you would have to sit on the floor near whoever you were playing with, having to change the block games everything you wanted to change a game would take ages.

Challenges of Early Communication

Students were amazed by old phones with rotary dials, where dialling each number took time and precision. They appreciated the ease of smartphones today, where calling is just a touch away.

Using the rotary phone was tricky! It took a lot of time to dial each number and you had to know the whole number. I’m glad we have smartphones now where it is one touch and it will call them.

I couldn’t believe how heavy the old phone was, and it took so long to dial a number!

Computers: Then and Now

Discussing the evolution of computers, from bulky desktops with floppy drives to today's portable tablets, students marvelled at the speed and convenience of modern technology.

The old computer was as big as a desk, but iPad is way faster and fits in a school bag!

Cameras moved from mirror-based systems to high-tech lenses. Using old film cameras like the Box Brownie, students experienced the patience needed compared to today's instant digital photos.

The Box Brownie camera was so interesting. You had to be really patient to take a good photo. Now, I can just snap a picture anytime with my phone!

Typewriters and Innovation

The typewriter fascinated everyone, learning how hard you had to press keys and the permanence of mistakes. They appreciated modern laptops for their speed and flexibility.

Typing on the typewriter was fun but hard work! You had to press the keys hard. I like my laptop better because it’s much faster.

The Yesteryear Expo

The highlight was a hands-on experience with reel-to-reel audio units, record players, and microfiche. students discovered how older technology was built to last, contrasting with today's disposable gadgets.

Listening to music on the reel-to-reel audio system was so cool! Can’t believe you have to rewind it to repeat anything,  I’m glad we have Spotify now.

The record player was awesome! I loved how you had to be careful with the needle. It’s so different from just pressing play on the phone.

Learning Through Experience

Throughout this journey, students learned about technology and  its impact on our lives. They realised how innovation has changed how we live, work, and play.

2024 Chauval

Angel Chauval

Wairakei Primary school has a wonderful rural environment and an amazing community. I enjoy working with this community to help students rise to succeed. Learning happens everywhere and is different for every child, celebrating and challenging students is my drive as a teacher.

I strive to encourage every student to achieve to the best of their ability. My passions are Technology and Science. I use them as foundations in unlocking excitement and wonder to produce thinkers and creators.


  • Monica Jul 2, 2024, 4:49 PM (19 days ago)

    Wow what an epic experience to be able to interact with all those precious relics. And wow do I feel ancient!

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