Throwback Tell-All (Gulp!). Team Edmodo Reveals Our Own Prized School Supplies.
Posted by: Darrell Jones
Back-to-school season is always a fun time here at Edmodo. The new school year gets us all reminiscing about favorite teachers,class projects, secret crushes and so much more. Recently we rolled back the clock at the office, discussing beloved school gear from school days gone by. Here are some treasured “old school tools” mentioned by the Edmodo team members.
“Caran d’ache color pencils – Because in the 70s (while going to school in Bombay), we never had that range of colors in our color pencil sets.”
Manish Kothari, Edmodo GM of Institutions
“I loved having iron-on patches on my backpack. It was a fun way to express my personality and decorate the good ol’ Jansport. One of my favorite patches was a yin yang symbol. It made me feel really deep in middle school.”
Julia Gitis, Edmodo Product Manager
“My favorite back to school item of all time was my beloved messenger bag, that I had all throughout high school. It was where I kept my entire life at the time. In the mid 90’s messenger bags were primarily used by bike couriers and skateboarders, so the bag was in itself a signifier of belonging to San Francisco’s vibrant subculture of weirdoes and troublemakers. To this day I am obsessed with and collect vintage messenger bags.”
Sebastian Caceres, Edmodo Visual Designer
“My favorite school supply was my Lisa Frank folder. I loved using it to keep track of all of my notes from class, both school related and personal note passing ( I know, I was a trouble maker). Keeping my content organized was my #1 priority and I needed to be fashion forward both in and outside of the classroom.”
Meredith May, Edmodo Senior Marketing Manager
“My favorite school supply was the TI-83 Plus Silver Edition. It had the upgraded TI-83 processor, with a very visually stimulating clear silver casing. It allowed me to play simple video games on the calculator instead of paying attention in class. It had very basic programming built in as well and let you experiment. This god lasted through high school into college. Like a rock. A rock that graphs quadratic equations.”
Sam Swink, Edmodo User Support Manager
“My favorite school supply growing up were my cute collectible mechanical pencils! I was always that girl with lots of pretty pencils and ready to share. Plus we all know once we lend a pencil…we don’t usually get it back!“
Divya Alla, Edmodo Marketing Intern
“My favorite school supply (for a number of my elementary school years) was my Sanrio Keroppi pencil box! This box allowed ample storage space for all the essential “smart cool kid” supplies – mechanical pencils, protractors, highlighters in every color, etc. The best part was the lock – I had to make sure to lock this treasure chest every time I left my desk (I don’t think there were any pirates in the classroom but then again you can never be too sure). The pencil box gave me a sense of responsibility, at the same time it made me feel organized and excited to work :)”
Reena Rai, Edmodo HR Manager
“Although my elementary school days predated cyber bullying, there was a crew of “upper classmen” quick to snatch sugary sodas or other choice items from younger kid’s lunches. But with my vintage (read: metal) Kung Fu lunchbox, it was obvious that I was skilled in the martial arts and someone whose feathers were not to be ruffled.”
Darrell Jones, Edmodo Writer
Any school supplies that bring back special memories for you? Or retro gear favored by your children or students? We’d all love to hear about them. Continue the conversation by sharing below.