August 26, 2015

Lo-Tech vs. Hi-Tech


School slate Used by Australian school students up until the mid 20th century, the slate has a black flat honed surface in a sturdy timber frame. It is light, slim and portable and can be used with chalk for writing alphabetic text, performing calculations or for free illustration. Characters and illustrations can be saved indefinitely but should the slate be required for another image or text the existing work must be erased using a wet or dry cloth. This can be done ad infinitum.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 26, 2015 11:17 AM
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We couldn't afford slates. So we wrote on Billy. He didn't mind the chalk, but fussed at pen and ink.

Posted by: Lance de Boyle at August 26, 2015 3:31 PM

My daughter made the mistake of writing on the dining room table...with a knife. Once.

Posted by: Jewel at August 26, 2015 6:23 PM

Not just in Australia....

I remember having slates in Illinois in the '50s.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at August 26, 2015 7:44 PM

Where do the batteries go?

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at August 27, 2015 4:26 AM

My first teaching job was at Union College in Schenectady. I had a classroom (assigned to me and only me and next to my office) in the ancient Carnegie Hall. The room was panelled with polished black slate. This was the most perfect writing surface I ever encountered in 37 years of teaching. All the modern surfaces, greenboards, whiteboards, whatever, are terrible compared to slate.

After I left for greener pastures, the classroom was used as a set in the movie "The Way We Were," and the slate was covered over because the room was too dark for filming.

Posted by: bob sykes at August 27, 2015 5:02 AM

Does it have Bluetooth 2.0?

Posted by: MOTUS at August 27, 2015 5:47 AM

Kids taught with the slate could learn to do calculus, or write sonnets on it. Children taught with the electronic toys can not spell words or do more than simple arithmetic on the slate. If even that.


Posted by: jwm at August 27, 2015 7:07 AM