Using vintage computers in the classroom
lynchaj at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 29 19:27:28 CDT 2010
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> [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Michael Black
> Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2010 4:28 PM
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> Subject: Using vintage computers in the classroom
> 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?
> Michael Black
Hi! You are welcome to use the N8VEM project for educational purposes. I
designed it with use in education as its primary purpose. It could be
readily used to teach fundamental computer hardware and software principles
in an easily illustrated manner.
Starting with a blank sheet of paper and building up the basic conceptual
elements in a process which results in a simple working microcomputer would
be educational and highly entertaining. Add some devices like the ECB
backplane and the ECB bus monitor and you can show the CPU operating in
single step mode, the effects of reset, and all kinds of computer operation.
The N8VEM SBC is simple and inexpensive enough that it can be built by
beginners, as many are already, and normally works the first time. It works
by itself interfacing to a serial port although it can be expanded to video
boards, floppy and IDE disks, and even custom peripherals.
I hope this helps. Thanks and have a nice day!
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