Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Teaching and Language - The Apple Experience

I have been helping my neighbour Marilynn discover all there is to learn in the wonderful world of computing, or at least what little I know. She bought an Apple G5 recently and is making incredible progress for someone who up until recently had little understanding of computers. Incidentally, this is a great computer on which to learn.

It has also been an intersting experience in teaching. Trying to convey computer ideas to a person not familiar with computer language is certainly a challenge. Marilynn is very intelligent, but it struck me how relient I was on using computer terms (window, logon, open, site, online, click) and how these terms are definitely not literal translations to the "real world".

Anyway, she is well on her way to using iPhoto, iTunes, Appleworks, and a variety of other programs.


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