10. 23. 2004
Elementary School Gadgets
During the past two years I have been teaching computer science at a local elementary school, but only recently became more consciously aware of the multitude of gadgets that are characteristic of this environment. (I should probably mention that I am teaching at a private school where most of the kids come from wealthy families).
Last year,Aeos gadget #1 was by far the GBA, especially among boys, but this year,Aeos most popular gadget is the Be Bit. The Be Bit is nothing more than the Tamagotchi Connection (previously covered on popgadget). I love the way the girls (it,Aeos mainly girls who own a Be Bit) keep their virtual pets attached to one of those neck key chains (as you can see from the picture) and how -at times- almost strangle themselves attempting to establish an infrared connection between two Be Bits below the school desk, trying not to be caught by the teacher ,AeP which would be me. Unfortunately, I couldn,Aeot find a web site covering the Be Bit, but they are available at Toys"R"Us here in Milan. At the school they are far more widespread than the Tamagotchi Connection, my guess is that they are probably cheaper.
But the Be Bit is not the only popular gadget at school right now. My personal favorite is a little Winnie the Pooh charm wearing different costumes. It can be ,Aeupurchased,Aeu from some type of gum ball machine at Blockbuster of all places. I remember seeing this same concept on different Hello Kitty items at the mall on Elisabeth Street in Chinatown, NY. The kids are crazy about their little Winnie the Poohs, they collect them and either feature them proudly on their backpacks or keep them safely and carefully in a bag.