Steve impacted every classroom. Technology in the classroom is the way it is today because of him. While he didn't invent some of devices you can tell his influence is there.Just take a look at all his patents and see if any of these are in our classrooms today (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/24/technology/steve-jobs-patents.html) Start with the Apple II to the IIe to the personal computers we use everyday. Mobile devices. IWB's. His innovation is there and a part of how we teach and what we teach.
I just read an article that said that Steve Jobs lived at "the intersection of art and technology". I love that statement. It's a wonderful reminder to bring a personal element to everything we do, even when using technical tools. I have appreciated how fun and easy it is to be creative using his products!
I read another article about his perspective on education and found it affirming that he felt that nothing could replace the value of people in the classroom. That's quite a humbling statement — and wise perspective — from the mastermind behind some truly revolutionary technology.
Steve Jobs used his gifts and talents for good and not for evil. However, Bill Gates...
I don't mean to be cynical (okay, maybe I do), but we should all start compiling our résumés. This week on 60 Minutes, Kahn Academy which serves millions of students a day and is funded by the ever so benevolent Bill Gates (cough...gag), is presented as the future of education and the "new Silicon Valley." However, I'm sure we can trust them when they say that teachers will still play a vital role in the classroom as a "coach" or "mentor" (wink...wink). (Shh...keep this on the down low...coaches are a lot cheaper than teachers). http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/60minutesapp/this-week/video/50121400 just in case this link doesn't open for you, here is another: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57394905/khan-academy-the-future-of-education/?tag=contentMain;contentBody
Oh, if you're interested, I came across a job offer. The Saylor Foundation is paying teachers $10 per hour to work through some of its educational materials already (stolen...) I mean compiled for K-12, ensuring that our children get only the best quality, online education. Michael J. Saylor's motto is Free Education for All. http://www.saylor.org/employment/#K-12 (scroll to the end of the job postings).
Just today, I chatted with one of my students who bragged about getting a 100% on her E-2020 test. She said she failed it, printed a copy of the questions, went home and googled the answers and then scored 100%. Got to give it to her for ingenuity! E-2020 (online courses) my school's answer to RTI (Response to Intervention).
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Your URLs open to an Outlook Express email which requires a username and password and thus are no viewable by members. This can happen when you copy and paste from an email received to a post here. Can you fix these links? Also it would be kind of you to let folks know that they need to be using the browser, Chrome, to view the CBS News link. I will check back tomorrow.
Here is another link to the 60 minutes special on The Future of Education: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57394905/khan-academy-the-future-of-education/?tag=contentMain;contentBody
As a Tech Ed teacher in high school. Having students reflect on and answer the question. "What was the cultural impact of Steve Jobs and his creations" proved to fit well with the Nation al Tech Ed curriculum standards that students be aware of the impact technology has on culture.
Al, I like your question because Steve Jobs had a huge impact on our culture by introducing so many new technologies.
Katrina Allen posted a list of classroom activities teachers can use to celebrate Steve Jobs' life and work. She mentioned that her Honors Engineering Seminar for 6-8th graders used some of these activities.
Lisa Fink notes that ReadWriteThink has a lesson: The "1984" Macintosh commercial aired today during Super Bowl XVIII. This commercial launched Apple's Macintosh personal computer in the United States in January, 1984.
What amazes me is I think the impact of Steve Jobs on education is just starting. I think there is a revolution coming with students having ipads/laptops at their disposal all the time (or most of the time). I always thought student desks should have an "ipad" type of device built into the desk. (This would make it harder to lose or steal too!) The idea of being able to be productive without a physical keyboard opens up so many options for students.
Steve Jobs and Apple might not have created this technology, but the made it part of the fabric of everyday life.
Steve Jobs and Apple has always been at the forefront of creating new techonology and using existing technology to benefit everyday lives.
Steve Jobs' inspiration will continue long after he is gone.
Jane Brown noted in another post that Steve Jobs was "a true visionary who started his business in his garage and showed us how innovative design can bring people together. It is this inventive, innovative spirit that has built America."
She added that when Jobs was asked how he created such cool products as the iPod, Steve responded that "cool is trendy," and "I invented products that I would like to use myself."
Steve's Lesson 1: New products are the result of an inventive, innovative mind plus identifying a want or need and exploring options.
Steve's Lesson 2: Develop your thinking process by taking things apart and putting them back together, to figure out how they work.
Steve Jobs certainly has changed my life in many positive ways as I have stated previously. However, I was also concerned about the 60 minutes piece on the Khan academy. All of a sudden we find out that educating children is so easy. You just need to put together little ten minute video clips and everyone gets it. All this time we have been building school and paying teachers and providing them with "huge" pension and benefit packages and now we just have to give the kids a computer and it will be so much fun they will just go get that education. What happen to all the research showing that all kids learn differently and that my lessons need to be "differentiated" to all the different learning styles?
The only thing I saw about the story that might be true, is that other cultures where parents and children really believe that education as a path to a better future, people will benefit from this.