Survivor Tip #11: WAY BACK!

Don’t worry, we’re not going to teach you a new dance (I can’t dance) or even ask you to do the limbo. We’re just going to share the tip of the day that is going to take you way back on the oh so young Internet.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Leon County DEN Members at Panera Bread. One DEN member, Kathleen McCarron, stayed way past 5:30 to work on podcasting with Cheryl Cyrus and Presentation1_1 then go over details with me. Poor Kathleen didn’t get out of there until after 8! I think she learned I’m as easily distracted as the mouse you give a cookie to.

However, one of our distractions is your tip of the day! It’s actually more for stress reduction, because I found it quite fun. I showed her a site called Internet Archive. It’s a site that a DEN Teacher on the West Coast showed me while at their Regional Event. There is a wealth of information there, but what I like the most is the Way Back Machine. It’s sort of like the Yearbook for Internet sites. Now Slide1_2you know that you laugh (and reduce stress) when you look at some of those old yearbook photos (at least I do), so imagine looking back at old Internet sites. Some are just goofy, others like unitedstreaming have made INCREDIBLE changes! There are so many ways that you can use this in the classroom, such as showing a video on inflation and then taking the the students to Sea World’s website and Slide5_1 actually comparing the price from 1998 ($46) to today‘s price ($61.95 – unless you’re a smart teacher that gets the free teacher pass and leaves the family behind while you enjoy the calmness of the Beluga Whales. Not that I would do that.). I looked up unitedstreaming and included some screenshots of our favorite tool in education today. Boy have we grown!

Slide8 Kathleen said we had to share this with the teachers. So, here we are sharing. Share with us – what’s your favorite "way back" visit? Try the Discovery School, Discovery Channel, and other great sites. Leave your comments below on your favorite "evolutions" on the web or how you can use this with unitedstreaming in your classroom.

Don’t forget to turn in any events that you’ve held to get things ready for back to school.

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  1. CaSandra Martin said:

    I would love to this activity with my students because we are planning several trips this year but I was unable to get to the correct site. please help. thanks

  2. Danielle Abernethy said:

    Hi Cassandra, I clicked on the “Way Back Machine” link above and it took me straight there. The main site is The Way Back Machine is in the middle of the top of the page.

  3. Brook Peabody said:

    This is too funny. I just heard about this website about 2 weeks ago. It was featured on CNN I believe as one of the top 5 websites. I have been on the web since ’96 and when it was text only before that. It took me back to the good ol’ days of technology. (Like it was that long ago.)

  4. Michele Futch said:

    I can’t wait to show my students some of the stuff on the “Way Back” website. They will get a kick out of it!

  5. Linda Robinson said:

    Being a new DEN member, I didn’t realize the wealth of resources available to me until I started reading some of the blogs. I especially liked the Way Back site. Just reading about the price at Sea World made me think of an activity to do with my students on inflation. Sometimes it is hard to find the cost of events, products, etc. form the past. This site will help my students determine the percent of inflation. Since we live in Central Florida, the cost of theme parks has always been just a part of every day life. The students don’t really realize how much it has gone up over the past few years. So many of them get in free with relatives and through school trips, that they rarely pay the full price to get in. I think a project on this would be great. Thanks for the site.

  6. Kathleen Mc Carron said:

    Tagging along with Danielle’s post about the wayback machine is an economics link some might be interested in.

    The Inflation Calculator ( adjusts money/prices across history. For example, the $46 ticket in 1998 for Sea World is equal to $53.30 in 2005– Still a current ticket is more, but not as extreme. So too, if we convert the current $61 yo 1998 prices the ticket would be $53.46– a mere 16 cents more than the 1998 price.

    I use this website all across the year in U. S. History to help make money more relevant. It’s hard for kids to think much of a penny newspaper cost 17 cents today which still doesn’t seem like much until you realize many jobs people were earning 25 – 50 cents an hour.

    I have lost the link, but a similar website converts historical dollars and certain foreign currency so you might better grasp a British tax of one pound sterling.

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