The following comes from a printout of a couple pages from Principal Magazine from November 1987. Some are timeless and some are dated. I eliminated several. Comments in parenthesis are mine.
- For every 100 teachers of computer programming, 95 are either one step ahead of their students or two steps behind.
- Computer companies seldom answer letters, but if they do it is always after you’ve solved the problem. (And we think email is slow.)
- Everything you purchase or learn is already obsolete, as someone will delight in telling you. (You’ve seen the recent commercial, right?)
- Everyone wants computer studies in the curriculum, but no one wants comuter studies to replace anything in the curriculum. (Sounds like the arts).
- It costs too much to develop short and long range plans for computer education, and it costs too much not to. (Remember, this is the 80’s)
- If you are given a subscription to a computer magazine, it won’t provide information about your computer.
- Students engaged in intense computer activity have sneaked in a game from home (or are at a game site online.)
- Manuals are written to make the writer look intelligent and the reader stupid.
- The one thing you want to know is never included in the documentation.
- Topics you wish to investigate are missing from the index.
- If you wish to teach yourself how to use a computer, disk drive, monitor and printer to run a program, you will need to read 1,000 pages in the manuals five times; buy two more books to help you decipher the 5,000 pages, contact six computer friends for assistance; and make four long-distance calls to the software and hardware companies. (Some things never change)
Inservice Education (all of these are dated)
- Inservice computer literacy programs emphasize four important ideas: (a) how to turn on the computer and its peripheral parts ; (b) how to insert a disk (at the time this was written, these would have been the large, now long extinct 5.25″ ‘floppy’ disks. All programs were on the disks, not the computer); (c) how to remove a disk; and finally, (d) how to turn off the computer and its peripheral parts.
- It is often advisable to ask a fifth grade student to teach the inservice computer literacy program.
- Not all teachers learn how to turn on a computer during a computer literacy course.
- Not all teachers are delighted about having to take a computer literacy course.
Word Processing (read carefully)
- The word processing disk will never work the day before important papers are due.
- Word processing with a color monitor is a psychedelic experience (have you even seen a monichrome monitor with the green or white text?)
K-8 Programs All students want to take computer programming until they find out that Pac Man is not part of the course of study.
- It will rain when you take the computer out of the building.
- The room scheduled for your demonstration will be on the third floor with no elevator (i.e. having to carry a large computer, monitor, keyboard, disk drive, cables, etc).
- The room will not have a table large enough or stable enough to hold your computer…..
Networks. No one actually knows what a network is.
Consultants. you can never afford anything they suggest or understand anything they say.