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School Supplies from Your Childhood That Are Now Obsolete

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Dear Students

Do you remember back in the day when August would roll around and you’d get your list of school supplies in the mail?

From the little necessities like notebooks, scissors, and glue to the bigger investments like graphing calculators, some supplies today are still the same as they were in the past. Other classroom supplies, however, have changed drastically; some of them don’t exist at all.

Feeling old? You’re not alone! Plenty of us have seen some of the most familiar classroom objects from our childhoods turn obsolete thanks to new technology and more modern innovations. Do you remember these school supplies?

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Keep Reading to See What Students Today Don’t Use!

The Periodic Table

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The staple of chemistry, the periodic table of elements has been a work in progress since its most popularly credited original version by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. Twelve elements have been added to the table between 1980 and today alone, including four that took their rightful place as elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 in the final days of December 2015.

Just think of all the millions of periodic tables in textbooks and on charts that will have to be replaced now.

TV Cart on Wheels

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Whenever a teacher rolled one of these into the room, you just knew it was going to be a glorious day. From educational films to watching a movie just for the sake of it, the TV cart on wheels represented an escape from the dullness of our classrooms, giving us our own wheels to travel to worlds of science, history, fiction, and beyond.

While these things are probably gathering dust in a storage room somewhere, many classrooms today are equipped with projectors and whiteboards with internet capabilities that make the need to roll a bulky old TV around completely unnecessary.