Speak and Spell…

The first time I was introduced to Educational Technology was in the early eighties. I believe I was in fourth grade.  Fourth grade was a very awkward time for me, and spelling was problematic for me. I can remember how disappointed my mother was after her conference with my English teacher, Mrs. Foster. Something needed to be done. I was a very stubborn child and mom never was able to get me to study.

It was Friday, test day and another D. There was nothing I could do. I felt hopeless even then. Failing was not something I enjoyed and today was no different. After getting off the bus I reluctantly moved into the house, waiting for my punishment for another low score. I wondered what mom would take away this week. I went to the kitchen and started devouring my cookies and milk. After the first cookie went down I noticed a nicely wrapped package next to my cookies, a package with my name on it! I ripped into the package and was perplexed at the machine that sat in front of me.

Speak and Spell?  This thing looked like a huge orange calculator with a large handle, made by Texas Instruments. This was cool; I instantly turned on the machine. It spoke words in a robotic voice and then asked me to spell the specific words.  How exciting, I now had a computer to speak and interact with me. I started to spell, over and over again until the words were correct. Educational Technology, I was captivated all I wanted to do was spell.  After receiving the Speak and Spell all I wanted do was spell!  Wake up …spell – fall asleep…spell.  I was learning without knowing it, as learning was not my intent.  All I really cared about playing the game.Technology has indeed jumped leaps since the time of speak and spell. It seems every week Apple comes out with a new or entirely updated version of their last creation.  The competition is right behind Apple’s every move;technology has long since arrived.

If you would like to purchase a speak and spell for someone special, here is a link to EBay!

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