The Mac at Forty!

If you are as seasoned as I am, you were using the Mac from its very beginning. Or maybe you adopted this classroom magic some years later.  

Images from some early “Mac in the classroom” days.
Images from some early Macintosh in the classroom days.
The Mac turns forty January 24, 2024. Here are a few of our early “Mac in the classroom” experiences. Share some of yours.

  • Starting with 5 or 6 Macs in a book room, journalism students pumped out a graphically designed school newspaper.  They personalized each machine naming it to indicate what section of the paper their “personalized assistant” supported. The program grew into a school wide TV station with a video bulletin run by students.
  • Students participated in Visionary Stampede, a multiple county student run initiative with 10 schools in the Bay Area collectively making a CD-Rom magazine using Apple Media tool (1995).
  • A Federal Education Grant, Virtual High School came our way. Our students took classes from teachers across the country using an early online platform and we reciprocated  by producing our own unique and engaging online electives for students across the nation. (1997)
  • On our Nature Bridge outdoor trips from California to Washington State we carted our iBooks to Olympic Park. Students created lessons and taught science to students in the lab back home, quite a challenge over sketchy Internet connections!
  • We did a multimedia history project for our city, published on CD-Rom
  • With our video enabled Macs, we participated in C-Span’s Campaing Cam (now renamed Student Cam) and had our prize winning videos played nationally on C-Span.
  • We expanded and grew new electives at our school - digital photography, video production, web design. communications, multimedia production - all supported by a Mac lab (and we ran our own server!)
  • And we always sent a group of teachers, every year, to MacWorld in San Francisco to learn about the innovations ahead.

Macintosh - you rock! #Mac40

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Posted on January 24, 2024

Love the old photos Cheryl! What amazing memories those bring back!

Posted on January 24, 2024

Thanks Dave! Certainly takes one back.

Posted on January 24, 2024

This is my first Mac. The photo was taken in my dorm room seated on an external hard drive, running Deluxe Music Construction set connected to a MIDI keyboard (and a four-track cassette recorder). I learned so much and created a ton of music on that tiny screen. I'm so grateful for parents who saw the potential within me and spent more money than they could afford to provide the best tools of the time for me to support my interests. I work to make good on their investments everyday. ❤️

Macintosh computer with a music keyboard connected in a dormitory from around 1991.

Posted on January 24, 2024

That’s wonderful Donald! Love the photo! We sent our two kids off to college, Mac in hand also. And my husband and I carried the version shown in your picture to school every day in cases which had a strap so you could fling them over your shoulder. We thought they were so light and portable. And they were - comparatively. 😊

Posted on January 24, 2024

Donald

I’m so glad you shared this story! People seeing potential in others is an art form. Well done, Donald’s parents, and you’re definitely making good on the investment 🤣

Posted on January 24, 2024

Brilliant photos Cheryl!

 

Posted on January 24, 2024

A trip down memory lane, Cheryl! It’s precious to see how it has all developed. You were always/are ahead of the game! 😜

Posted on January 24, 2024

Thanks Mary - always fun to look back and then march forward!

Posted on January 24, 2024

Not to brag, but I am a licensed computer operator. 

I remember taking turns with my schoolmates to play Frogger and Number Munchers on the one computer our school had. It was located in the stairwell (where we also had music class!) 😆

Posted on January 24, 2024

I love all of this!!

Posted on January 24, 2024

Very cool piece of history Amanda! Love it! Those early days of coveted Macs in hallways or classroom were exciting!

Posted on January 24, 2024

👾 You had me at Number Munchers.

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