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WA Salutes Steve Jobs (1955-2011), A Pioneer in Education Technology

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Steve Jobs means many things to different people.  We did not know him personally. But he has affected the way Wired Academicians live since our childhood. Steve Jobs was a friend to education and a pioneer to education technology.

Policy Editor Eleni Glader remembers learning basic computer programs in the third grade at Village Elementary School on the Apple IIc.  “At home, my brother, who was more savvy about computers and technology convinced our parents to replace our Atari computer with a first generation Macintosh computer,” she says. “I remember writing book reports, playing an enigmatic game with amazing graphics called Uninvited and Flight Simulator on it. I was a reticent child and the Mac gave me confidence- it was the foundation for building confidence with using technology later on at college during the .com boom and in the workplace.”

We invite you to post comments and/or tributes to Steve Jobs.

Here are some favorite links and quotes of ours into the genius that was Jobs:

“… the computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

This 1985 Interview in Playboy Magazine is a great read… and he shares his views on computers impact on education.

A computer is the most incredible tool we’ve ever seen. It can be a writing tool, a communications center, a supercalculator, a planner, a filer and an artistic instrument all in one, just by being given new instructions, or software, to work from. There are no other tools that have the power and versatility of a computer. We have no idea how far it’s going to go. Right now, computers make our lives easier. They do work for us in fractions of a second that would take us hours. They increase the quality of life, some of that by simply automating drudgery and some of that by broadening our possibilities. As things progress, they’ll be doing more and more for us.


In education, computers are the first thing to come along since books that will sit there and interact with you endlessly, without judgment. Socratic education isn’t available anymore, and computers have the potential to be a real breakthrough in the educational process when used in conjunction with enlightened teachers. We’re in most schools already.

This Wall Street Journal story is a good chronology of his business career and shows why he may be the most innovative and creative manager in a long time in America.

A college dropout, he established his reputation early on as a tech innovator when, at 21 years old, he and friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer Inc. in the Jobs family garage in 1976. Mr. Jobs chose the name, in part, because he was a Beatles fan and admired the group’s Apple records label, according to the book “Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders” by Wall Street Journal reporter Jim Carlton.

Read more:

MediaBistro gives this round-up of reviews of Steve Jobs news and tributes… today

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011 (Yahoo! News / The Cutline) Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and technology industry visionary, has died. He was 56. CNET: Jobs had been suffering from various health issues following the seventh anniversary of his surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer in August 2004. Apple announced in January that he would be taking an indeterminate medical leave of absence, with Jobs then stepping down from his role as CEO in late August. NYT: Eight years after founding Apple, Jobs led the team that designed the Macintosh computer, a breakthrough in making personal computers easier to use. After a 12-year separation from the company, prompted by a bitter falling out with his chief executive, John Sculley, he returned in 1997 to oversee the creation of one innovative digital device after another — the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. These transformed not only product categories like music players and cellphones but also entire industries, like music and mobile communications. ZDNet / Between The Lines: Steve Jobs’ family has issued the following statement: “Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.” CNET: Here’s a recounting of key moments in Jobs’ life. CNET: Jobs left behind a record of his life in words, sometimes as a showman on stage, sometimes in more intimate interviews. We present some brief excerpts from those moments in an effort to convey a sense of the man behind the popular machines. TechCrunch: This speech, from a widely regarded commencement address Jobs gave to Stanford students in 2005, never gets old, no matter how many times you watch it. paidContent: We’ve gathered together a selection of some of the stories and tributes written for Jobs in the past several weeks, with a particular emphasis on those made since news of his passing broke Wednesday. TVNewser: The news of Jobs’ death broke around 7:35 p.m. ET. ABC News produced a special report anchored by Terry Moran in New York at 7:45 p.m. CBS News produced a special report at 7:46 p.m. anchored by Scott Pelley in CBS’ London bureau. NBC News produced a network special at 8:12 p.m. anchored by George Lewis in the Los Angeles bureau. On cable, Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs was first to report the news at 7:38 p.m. Dobbs hosted a special report during the 9 p.m. hour in place of America’s Nightly Scoreboard. Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith reported the news at 7:39 p.m., while Erin Burnett on CNN reported the story at 7:41 p.m., as did Bloomberg. MSNBC reported the news at 7:43 p.m. CNET / The Digital Home: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other prominent newspapers around the world are leading with Jobs’ death. Adweek: The media has gone into full swing to cover Jobs’ death, with Time and Bloomberg Businessweek among those preparing special coverage. AllFacebook: Posts mourning the passing of Jobs were going up on Facebook once every second. AllTwitter: Tributes to Jobs began to surface immediately on the news of his passing, with thousands of sympathetic messages appearing on Twitter from fans, celebrities, politicians, and Jobs’ peers in the tech world. The reaction was so large that both and the Twitter API went down for about 30 minutes. NYT / Media Decoder: For months, a biography of Jobs has been one of the most highly anticipated books of the year. Jobs’ death Wednesday will only intensify interest in the book, which was written by Walter Isaacson, the author of biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger. AllThingsD: The death of Jobs Wednesday evoked grief and mourning all over the world, especially at focal points like the Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif., Apple stores, and Jobs’ home in Palo Alto, Calif. Here are some selected shots from around the

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