Using vintage computers in the classroom

Dan Roganti ragooman at
Mon Mar 29 05:51:56 CDT 2010

Michael Black wrote:
> Hello cctech community,
> I am a computer science professor and an avid collector and restorer
> of old computers, which I routinely use in my classes.  (I am also a
> long-time lurker on cctech, but haven't posted much yet, I'm afraid.)
> I am interested in chatting with other professors and teachers who use
> working demonstrations of vintage technology in their classes.  I am
> aware of many cases where professors have taught courses on computer
> history, used pictures and simulations of vintage computers, or took
> students on field trips to computer museums.  However, I am
> particularly interested in examples where professors bring actual
> working vintage equipment into the classroom (like a pdp-11 or a
> teletype machine) and tried to teach their students to operate it.
> Has anybody on this list tried it or know of people who do it?

You should contact Bill Degnan from He teaches a 
class just like this at Univ.Delaware with hands-on instruction using 
vintage computers.


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