[Technology 1424] Re: retrospective

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Marilyn Rymniak MarilynR at lacnyc.org
Thu Dec 20 16:51:24 EST 2007


I'm sure other Mac users can jump in here - but for me, the intuitive
nature of the Mac's graphic interface makes using a computer more
accessible to a wider swatch of the general population, including
learners who have had difficulties with Literacy in general. Creativity
is unleashed. - Marilyn



Marilyn J. Rymniak

Project Leader - NYSED Statewide Professional Development System

Literacy Assistance Center

32 Broadway, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10004

Voice: 212-803-3322

Fax: 212-785-3685

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From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:technology-bounces at nifl.gov]
On Behalf Of Mariann Fedele
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 4:46 PM
To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
Subject: [Technology 1423] Re: retrospective



Thanks Marilyn, and good to hear from you on the list!

On the Mac front, I have only one adult literacy program using a Mac
based lab, and in was decided in large part by a grant they received to
do video making that required IMac editing.

I know Mac fans are dedicated, what would be your argument for using
Macs in an adult ed. setting?

Best,

Mariann





Mariann Fedele

Director,

NYC Regional Adult Education Network

Literacy Assistance Center

Moderator,
NIFL Technology and Literacy Discussion List
32 Broadway 10th Floor
New York, New York 10004
212-803-3325
mariannf at lacnyc.org
www.lacnyc.org

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From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:technology-bounces at nifl.gov]
On Behalf Of Marilyn Rymniak
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 4:27 PM
To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
Subject: [Technology 1421] Re: retrospective



Great question, Mariann!



For me... there's no doubt about it ... my "I'm in techno-love" moment
came in December 1983 when I first saw that beautiful 18-page brochure
inside my Newsweek subscription that month announcing the January 1984
debut of the original Apple Macintosh 128K. By the time I saw the
famous Ridley Scott "Big Brother" commercial on January 22,1984 during
halftime of the Raiders-Redskins Super Bowl game, I was sold. I just
had to have a Mac!



The 1984 price was $2,495 US. It had a beige case containing a 9-inch
monitor, and came with a keyboard and mouse and those cute little
MacWrite + MacPaint disks (all of which I still have). An indentation
in the top of the case allowed the computer to be lifted and carried.
I still have that little fellow (in storage) with his later siblings
(The 512K, the Classic, the Mac SE, the Mac II and the iMac) along with
that beautiful 18-page brochure and the November 1984 Newsweek when
Apple bought all 39 pages of advertising to launch their "Test Drive a
Macintosh" promotion.



Macintosh unleashed a lot of creative energy in a lot of people -
including many educators - Apple is still doing this with ipods and
other interactive media devices.



Happy Holidays!! -- Marilyn





Marilyn J. Rymniak

Project Leader - NYSED Statewide Professional Development System

Literacy Assistance Center

32 Broadway, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10004

Voice: 212-803-3322

Fax: 212-785-3685

E-Mail: marilynr at lacnyc.org <mailto:marilynr at lacnyc.org>

www.lacnyc.org <http://www.lacnyc.org>



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From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:technology-bounces at nifl.gov]
On Behalf Of Mariann Fedele
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 3:52 PM
To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
Subject: [Technology 1419] retrospective



Hello all,

It's a good time of the year to take stock and reflect. A recent CNN
article (link below) begins, "Like a first love or a first car, a first
computer can hold a special place in people's hearts. For millions of
kids who grew up in the 1980s, that first computer was the Commodore 64.
Twenty-five years later, that first brush with computer addiction is as
strong as ever."



For you, what was that first piece of hardware, software, or internet
application that captured your imagination and brought you in to the
technophile/techie fold?

When working with your students is there something that is sure to get
them hooked and motivated to explore using new technologies?



I was a Commodore 64 owner myself. It was mostly used for playing Pong,
but it was fun and was a gateway. How about you?



http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/12/07/c64/index.html





Mariann Fedele

Director,

NYC Regional Adult Education Network

Literacy Assistance Center

Moderator,
NIFL Technology and Literacy Discussion List
32 Broadway 10th Floor
New York, New York 10004
212-803-3325
mariannf at lacnyc.org <mailto:mariannf at lacnyc.org>
www.lacnyc.org <http://www.lacnyc.org>



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