Teaching Students Computers... (Semi-OT)

From: Loren Everly <everly_at_interpac.net>
Date: Tue May 12 23:46:28 1998

>That is kind of skills we like to see and that only works at its best
>combeing good understanding of a computer is and ablility to read and
>understand data crowding into one's head. These days, Colleges are
>taking on new students who can't tell which end of a mouse is?!
>Apple and 8bitters of it's ilks that is found in K-12 has it's places
>because these are what excels at teaching kids materials but in high
>school level, we need to convert guys over to real things like
>windows and 486 boxens, unix and like using word processing and
>speadsheets, such yak yak..of most types not including 100% dumb M$

In high school they should be teahing on macs. That shows what the
average user will see in 10 years(after m$ has copied it all) ;-). Btw
this isn't a call for flame wars :-).

>But this is not happening at right rates of putting out
>computer-ready students for colleges and U's. :)

My typing skills really suck, I can't even keep my eyes off the keyboard 100%
of the time.


>My wpm is not that good as you do but very respectable about 50-60
>wpm but it get higher when I look at paper and blast away. But this
>is thanks to high school grade 9, In canadian, it is K-8 then 9-12/13
>in high school when I did first thing when I took up typing on those
>Selectric (!!) whirring, bopping spinning silver golf-ball in '88.
>(Note, as I went thru H.S. in next few years, I saw them replaced
>with ibm new PS/2 30 boxens. And at one time I had my own used
>Selectric (what a concrept! but my interest is waning to computers
>stuff at that time). The wpm effected because I pause often and
>think, do in-stream editing then contiune. I'm more of action and
>thinker like this.
>Uh, during that time in HS,
>I picked up several old discarded machines including 3 MBC-555 Sanyos
>, Horrible boxens when I heard about them again here finally
>understood why. :) , and one TRS-80 III to play with BASIC book but
>I was total clutz at it (boring without disks even it had drives in
>it.) Even one time had Apple II+ but it somehow blew up and I
>couldn't fix it so it disappeared. sorry! :(
>Jason D.
>> Hi. This is semi-off topic, but I'm sure that if any replies are made,
>> it'll eventually spin off to someone's tales of their PDP-8 in high school,
>> or their first VIC-20...
>Snip for brevity... good thoughts and wonderful story of yours!
>> Since then, I've been working to set up a browser-based Intranet. It's
>> been a heck of a lot of fun, if not educatonal.
>> Just my $0.02...
>> Tim D. Hotze
>email: jpero_at_cgo.wave.ca
>Pero, Jason D.
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