Thank you, Steve!

The world  lost a true visionary on Oct. 5th with the passing of Steve Jobs.  Yesterday I took one of the apple stickers that came with my new Imac (yippee!) wrote “Thanks Steve” and put in on the window of my classroom door. Why? Students entered my room, saw the Apple apple and wanted to know what it was all about so I shared this video with them.  I think it is important for students to understand that it took some real “out of the box” thinking by a bunch of visionaries to get us where we are with the use of technology.  I told them a story about my elementary school Macintosh computer experience in 1981: 275 students, two computers, students signed up to use a computer for 15 min./ month.   Computer use in my school in 2011: 300 students, completely 1:1, students use computers all day/everyday and some bring them home to use as well. One of his best quotes:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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