What's a Floppy Disk?

Hey, friends! Natalie here and I have a true story about what happened today in my computer lab...



I don't know why this shocked me or why I thought this was so funny, but it never occurred to me that my students didn't know what a floppy disk was. I've been telling them all year that they can either save their documents by clicking "file" and "save" or use the shortcut by just clicking on the floppy disk icon.


Today a sixth grade boy finally asked, "Mrs. C, what's a floppy disk?" And some other kids in the class said, "Yeah, what's a floppy disk?"

Needless to say, it's time for some computer history lessons!
(If the sixth graders don't know, I'm sure my younger students don't know either.)

Have you seen this Youtube video? It's called Kids React to Old Computers and it is quite hilarious! 




Do you have any other great resources or videos you've used to teach your students about technology? If so, please pass them my way!



Do you have any similar stories?
Have you ever been surprised by something 
your students didn't know about?

18 comments:

Mel FromthePond said...

I was teaching short sounds in Kindergarten and used a word/picture card of a video for 'v' week! They didn't know what a video was! :)

Anonymous said...

Encyclopedias....I told them about the big books and they asked what did you do if something new happened? Lol

Dial up Internet....

Library Catalogues....the little drawers you pulled out with all the cards.

Our world is so much more efficient now 😊

Liz said...

Flashback!! This video brought back so many memories. :)

Anonymous said...

I was just reading the book Crash to fifth graders and a VCR mentioned. One of my boys said, "What's a VCR?" It shocked me!

Anonymous said...

I like to share my Sony Walkman and hard wire headphones. Ouch. I show the tape cassette and how it holds JUST 10 songs. Of course, they are amazed that you could clip it on and walk with it. So bulky and boring with only 10 songs.

Lori Ross said...

Wow. I'm feeling so old right now. This video was so real. Love it!

Lori Ross said...

Wow. I'm feeling so old right now. This video was so real. Love it!

Miss Kindergarten said...

Hahaha love that video!

Jennifer Ayers said...

Love it!! I never thought about it!

Chasity said...

I was reading a story that had a boy finding a camera with film in it and my kids had no idea what it was. They couldn't believe there was a time when you couldn't see what you had taken a picture of until later....much later.

JanCT said...

This video was hilarious! I remember using a computer like that in 1980 (5th grade). I used to say to my students that starting all of your sentences the same way was like "a broken record". I'm old enough to remember the days when a scratch on your record would make it skip. Then I realized that none of my students actually know what records (or record players) are!
Jan
Laughter and Consistency

Haley Wolgamot said...

That is hilarious! I remember playing Wheel of Fortune and Oregon Trail on the true "floppy" floppy discs... how far we've come!

Haley
Owls & Lessons, Etc.

Shellabelle said...

I mentioned a VCR to my students and was shocked that they had no idea what that was. They are fifth graders.

Teacher or Learner with Mrs. Rapp said...

LOL, I have not laugh so much in a long time. Thanks for posting

Lori said...

About 10 years ago I was teaching kindergarten and still had a record player. As I took a record out of its sleeve and one of my students exclaimed "Wow, that's a HUGE cd!"
Still makes me chuckle years later.

Erica Meisler said...

The scariest, most shocking thing I have had students NOT know was their phone number or addresses! I was shocked at how many of my fifth grades don't know their own phone numbers or addresses (and yes, it was multiple students!)

Rachel said...

I had the exact same thing happen to me earlier this year when I told my students to click on the floppy disk. Another time a student was reading a book that mentioned a pager, and she had no idea what it was.

Firstie Kidoodles said...

I totally had to have the same conversation with my firsties this week about what a VCR and a cassette tape were. They had no clue what a VCR was or the cassette movie that goes in it.

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