Patents

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Arrival of the Black Mirror (2004)

When the iPad came out, there was much skepticism about its appeal to schools.  Even in the wake of poor…
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Clipping Paper Has Always Been a Thing (1897)

Wind a piece of metal and, whala.  It’s functional.
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Pencils Are Old, So Is the Need to Sharpen Them (1886)

It makes sense that pencil sharpeners are over a century old.  It’s just not something one thinks about.
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Correct-o-mundo (1973)

Versions of these products existed for many decades, but here’s a patent from the 70’s.
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Lookout Overhead (1950)

An oldy but a goody.  The overhead.  Classic.
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The Quiz Machine, Really (1945)

Not sure what to say about this one.  There are multiple pages to the original patent.  We share just the…
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A or B or C (1944)

One of the earlier patents that use the term “multiple choice.” Pop the champagne, or find some tissues.
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Hole-y Paper (1928)

Way before Trapper Keepers existed, holes in paper were all the rage.
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Pointy Chalk (1895)

Before there were pencil sharpeners, there were, logically, chalk sharpeners.
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Heating Up Classrooms (1875)

In the 19th century, those cold schooldays needed something. Like this.
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Early Erasers (1874)

They were more like squiggys than the erasers we know today.
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A Place to Put Stuff (1928)

Public education means lots of children who have stuff that needs to be put somewhere so they can focus on…
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