The Technology Fix: The Promise and Reality of Computers in Our Schools

The Technology Fix: The Promise and Reality of Computers in Our Schools

The Technology Fix: The Promise and Reality of Computers in Our Schools

The Technology Fix: The Promise and Reality of Computers in Our Schools

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My first computer was one of the original Apples. There wasn't much software available when I bought it. [Try this,] the dealer suggested, placing a box labeled [VisiCalc] on the counter. I took it home, loaded it, and was hooked. VisiCalc, the original spreadsheet program, gave me a sense of power I'd seldom felt. Subsequently improved upon by Lotus 1–2–3 and Microsoft Excel, VisiCalc is long forgotten, but the romance with computers that this software sparked in me remains.

That spark has turned into a steady flame over the past two decades, and the romance has turned into enduring love. Admittedly, I was somewhat fickle in my earlier days, adopting and discarding my Commodore, TRS-80, Osborne, KayPro, IBM Jr., Macintosh, and several PCs. My current amour, my Dell, is the one that I now consult upon waking. Through it, I get my news, communicate by instant messages with my sons in San Francisco and Boston, stay in touch with topics of interest on several mailing lists . . .

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