11/3/2011 12:00:00 AM
As the eulogies ebb for Steve
Jobs, I feel it important that Tech & Learning
join the chorus of remembrances. After all, the
magazine chronicled the man’s work from the
earliest days. To wit, below is a news snippet
from Vol. 1, No. 1, of Classroom Computer News,
in September 1980:
Apple Computer Inc. plans soon to file with the Securities and
Exchange Commission a public offering of common stock. Apple,
started in a Palo Alto garage in 1977, is said to have annual sales
of about $175 million. The company expects to raise more than
Without Steve Jobs, the very idea of education technology
would be vastly different, if even an idea at all. The Mac
operating system seemed made for children with its happy macs
and animated trash cans. Yet, it also provided a powerful and
elegant experience still unrivaled although widely imitated.
Applications like iMovie and iPhoto continue to inspire
generations of students to create with technology, not just
consume media. And I firmly believe that the iPad tablets and
their complementary “app economy” will transform curriculum
delivery for good.
On a personal level, I benefit from his genius every day: From
the glowing Apple II green screens I remember as a student to
watching my children pinch and flick their fingers across touch
screens. I was surprised by how saddened I was when I heard of
his passing. In all honestly, it was not so much for him, though
his illness was certainly a tragedy, but more for what could
have been. I only hope his legacy will be carried by those he left
behind. Thanks for everything, Steve.
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