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 Post subject: Educational laserdiscs- still in use, or want to start using
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2014, 19:43 
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I have an extensive collection of educational laserdiscs and am searching for someone (or many someones, as they are useful for grades 3-12) who would use them in instruction. I'm not interested in making a profit, just on wanting to get this marvelous resource back in the hands of active learners. I have retired from the elementary classroom after using many titles to great advent age, and have since collected many sets of high school sets, mostly science related.

I'm located in Southern California, and would appreciate feedback- could you use these mostly CAV discs or do you know of someone who might appreciate them?
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 Post subject: Re: Educational laserdiscs- still in use, or want to start u
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2014, 19:55 
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i highly doubt it. you might have better luck making novelty LD-themed analog wall clocks out of them, just a wild-assed guess here...
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 Post subject: Re: Educational laserdiscs- still in use, or want to start u
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2014, 22:03 
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Depends on what the disks are...
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Digitize them then throw them in garbage:)
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I might be interested. I kinda need to know how many and all that.
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 Post subject: Re: Educational laserdiscs- still in use, or want to start u
PostPosted: 22 Aug 2014, 06:46 
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Signofzeta, What information do you need? Are you a teacher?
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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2014, 06:53 
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Most of the discs are sets of science videos, of which most were high school curriculum. The high school discs were given to me, as I thought I might find homes for them, but could not. My teaching experience was with upper elementary students, who got a lot from the discs.

Most of the ones I found very helpful were CAV discs in various subjects and some remarkably useful titles- First National Kidisc, The Louvre, Picasso Museum, Regards for the Planet (photo collection), Fun & Games, and a great deal of science videos that are designed to be used in short segments in classes, but could be very useful with home-schooling or autodidacts as well.

As far as digitizing the content- it's just not worth it- far too much content, and it behaves differently.

The clock idea is good if I were bound and determined to make SOMETHING of the discs, but I don't think I'll go there. My hope is that I'll find someone who could use them. Otherwise it will truly be the trash heap.
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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2014, 19:06 
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you may find someone who wants them but never who can "use" them in a school or teaching setting.
just too hard for someone to get a player and then teach kids, even homeschoolers.
why would they bother when they can learn all of the same stuff on the internet and won't have to buy a player.

try not to toss them and wait for someone who would like them for their collection.
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 Post subject: Re: Educational laserdiscs- still in use, or want to start u
PostPosted: 22 Aug 2014, 21:10 
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substance wrote:
Digitize them then throw them in garbage:)


I doubt that playing and copying will work in many cases. Some educational discs had thousands of still images and short clips, the only way to access them was by using a barcode reader to get to the right frame(s).

What you might find is that someone can use them as an example of early interactive media for a college course or something.
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bprice wrote:
Signofzeta, What information do you need? Are you a teacher?


Nope, but I'm expecting a kid soon and I'll always have an LD player so I can use them, just not on as wide of a scale as they were designed for. I'm also legitimately interested in collecting educational discs anyway, especially if you have the companion manuals for any that originally came with them.
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 Post subject: Re: Educational laserdiscs- still in use, or want to start u
PostPosted: 12 Sep 2014, 21:29 
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Signofzeta, I would be glad for you to carry away what you like of my collection, and yes, I have the accompanying teacher's guides and reference matter for the discs that are in sets.

I'm in the Los Angeles area should you wish to contact me about picking up materials.

And I have had some luck in placing the player and a sizable stack of discs for use in small groups in a second grade classroom- a friend who had also retired is working in her daughter's classroom, had used laserdiscs herself in her teaching for special ed, and was on my team when we were first learning about educational opportunities of laserdiscs. She was over for lunch, and interested, so the materials went home with her.

Now for the rest of the collection!
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PostPosted: 18 Nov 2014, 11:49 
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I would be interessting in some too special at, space, human, dinosaurs, computers, ...
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