But...have you seen this one?
Funny that Apple tries to sell itself as the creative person's choice, but do this sort of railroading.
Well, I have mixed feelings on that. Being creative doesn't necessarily imply being good with computers. Consider that:
"There are three kinds of computer users.
"Mac users just _know_ that everything is always gonna work just as Jobs and God intended, and never give it another thought.
"Windows users expect things to work like they do on a Mac, and get angry and stressed when they don't.
"Linux users expect that they will have to fiddle with every new thing to get it to run, and are unreasonably pleased when they finally get that new driver to compile and load . . ."
Being a tool-user, I do like to understand how my tools work, but it's more important, and really more useful in the long run that they work, and work the same way, every time you pick them up. Good tools allow you to be more creative in your application of them. My $.02.
I have been cursing the iOS on my new phone for a week or so now, but as I learn to move around in the OS, I'm finding that most necessary tasks are accomplished w/o much fuss. It's just different, and sort of like an overly protective nanny at times. iTunes is your friend as far as interfacing with iOS; I never made that association with the iPad I used to have.
[quote=SueC;1970609111]As a person who spent over 15 years working as an educator, I don't think it belongs in the classroom before high school, and even there I think it's vastly overused and is actually killing people's creativity and imagination, while costing ridiculous amounts of money in the process which robs other budgets and far more cost-effective and educational resources. Brett says that if they want to give kids computers for truly educational reasons, then they should give them Raspberry Pi computers.
During my time at the University, I was not specifically an instructor, but I did do a number of lab classes. And yes; it's true; you don't learn by being spoon-fed information, you learn by trying, making mistakes, fixing them, and hopefully arriving at some kind of solution.
I always tried my level best to put my students in this position. "OK gang, today we're gonna build a B*&l45ga today. Here are your tools, and here is a box of parts. Go to it."
And I would kick back and supervise the chaos, only intervening where necessary to prevent mass destruction. But after the smoke settled (often literally), my students had learned something, if only that things rarely work out the way you think they should. But the exercise of trying, having it blow up in your face ("Letting the Magic Smoke Escape"), trying again, and eventually experiencing some measure of success (even if it's just getting the B* part of the thing working), _Teaches_. I think that most of my students agreed; at the very least, my classes were popular. (And besides, how often does your instructor encourage you to blow things up?)
But I used to have huge arguments with the departments "real" professors. One major argument involved computer simulation. Simulation can be a wonderful tool, but it is not an end unto it's self. Eventually, you have to "experience" the results of your simulation, and plug that data back into your next go. After n+1 iterations of this process, simulation and reality will converge, but without the n+1 effort, the simulation is just a computer game, and doesn't necessarily mean a thing.
Now that is hilarious - an iMule! :rofl: How is His Highness?
His Mulishness is as well as can be expected, I guess; The Vet has determined that George has metabolic issues; either PPID, or IR, or most likely some combination of both. A drug to increase the blood flow into his feet seems to have helped with the soreness, but he has been put on a diet, and he isn't pleased. Not. At. All. I plan to put his saddle on him next week to evaluate his state of readiness.
Since we are playing "fossils being nostalgic" - do you remember mono cassette recorders? :rofl: That was my first musical playback device.
I had an 8-track recorder/duplicator. What a POS; 'nuff said about that.
I used to maintain a German-made electron microscope that had an X-Ray Fluorescence tool. The XRD used a PDP-11 computer running some flavor of FORTRAN. That thing used 8" floppies, and it had a 20MB hard drive that was about the size of a conventional microwave oven. The microscope died from a chronic unavailability of parts, but I kept the PDP-11 for a long time, finally passing it on to a friend who maintains a vintage computer shrine.
Brett says, "Hello, pleased to meet you, I am that geek!" ;-) Bwahahaha!
Our best wishes to you and The Children! :-) What does George think of all this IT?
Thanks. George doesn't get to go on-line any more, after breaking my iPad trying to touch-type on it ;-)