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This exhibit shows a random selection of images from the HCLE/LO*OP Center Archive. It's purpose is a) to give the staff experience using our new Omeka software and b) to give the public a taste of what's to come as the History of Computing in Learning and Education Virtual Museum is created.
Enjoy and keep checking back. This exhibit will grow and change every week.
Ed Tech Pioneers are people who made significant contributions to the use of computers for learning in both formal and non-formal settings. Some were classroom teachers who wanted to expose their students to this new technology. Others were adminsitrators and staff who saw that change was coming and fought to bring their conservative institutions into the 21st century. Many were hobbyists interested in learning about computing themselves and willing to share their hobby with their kids and friends. Professionals in software development, engineering and goverment often made their resources and know-how available to advance the field. Researchers in universities, government and independent laboratories turned their attention to harnessing the computer as a tool to enhance learning.
Very few of these pioneers became rich or famous as a result of their efforts so they have pretty much faded from public awareness. We celebrate them here and provide you with a glimpse into their work, their points of view and the contributions they have left behind.
In 1980 was it important for students to be computer literate? Should computers be allowed in classrooms? If so, how should they be used? What do kids - and teachers - need to know? Can you call yourself computer literate if you don't know how to program in a general purpose computer language?
These and similar questions were hotly debated as computers began to migrate from hobby clubs to formal classrooms. Some thought computer literacy was a plot by computer manufacturers to sell more product. Others thought computing would become as fundamental to the modern citizen as reading and writing.
As items and commentary are added to this exhibit you will be able to follow the Computer Literacy Debate from its inception in the mid-1960s through 1990 with an update for 2013.