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The Steve Jobs legacy

Posted October 13, 2011 in category General by Shirley Leitch

Was Steve Jobs the Thomas Edison of our era? This has been the topic of much media debate since the world sadly lost Jobs to cancer. Both men were media savvy, business leaders. Both men developed technologies that people coveted. Regardless of your viewpoint on Jobs or Edison, there is no argument about the significant influence these remarkable people have had over so many aspects of our lives.

My first personal computer was a revelation but I didn't love it. I loved my first Mac. Looking back, I recall an ugly little box that ran with the speed of a snail. Time can be unkind and it is certainly cruel to old technologies. I also remember the wilderness years when Apple lost its way and successive Mac laptops had an uncanny sense of their warranty expiry dates. Then Jobs came back and brought with him the 'i' revolution - iTunesU, iBooks, iPods, iPhones, and now iPads. I have all the 'i's and I love them.

Our daily challenge as educators is to realise the potential of technologies we could not have imagined when we were students.

I spend much time thinking about how Swinburne can better meet the needs of 21st century learners. I am excited to see where the next generation of thinkers - the next Edison and Jobs - take us with their unique blend of creativity and practicality. And I am particularly excited to see how we utilise these technologies at Swinburne into the future. 

I'd love to hear about how you are using, or plan to use, new technologies in your teaching.

Professor Shirley Leitch
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

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Hi Shirley,

I think technology creeped me improve education, as it allows teachers to reach out to a vast audience on the Internet. Instead of being limited to 30 to 40 people per day, someone can make an information product with the help of technology and put it on the Internet and can reach thousands of people.

For example, I'm a dog trainer and I use the Internet to teach people how to teach their dog tricks. It's really a great way to teach in this day of age.

Posted by Jean Cote on October 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM EST #

very relevant article Shirley, especially for the times.
As a Calgary Marketing company I rely on brand-new technology including my wonderful iPhone, I love it.
In fact right now I'm using something called Dragon dictation to put this post on your site.
Very very cool stuff, once again thank you for your information and post I'm going to pass it along to all my clients if that's okay with you.
And of course I'm going to Digg it.

Posted by Calgary Marketing Company on October 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM EST #

Steve Jobs wanted to create technology which would promote the Liberal Arts. Unfortunately, as we now know from neuro-science, digital technology's ecology of distraction destroys the capacity for deep reading and comprehension from which the Liberal Arts emerged. Steve Jobs'efficient information machines instead created a wicked problem, uncivilized hunter gatherers.

Posted by Glenn McLaren on October 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM EST #

Hi Shirley,

I would like to see a less locked-down more open wireless network for students and staff at SUT to use their iGadgets on!

Currently this is not the case.


Posted by Karl Glazebrook on October 14, 2011 at 01:40 PM EST #

I definitely do not think Steve Jobs was the Thomas Edison of our time. He was a visionary, yeah he did make some great things that made people happy but its not like he invented the C.A.T. Scanner. He will be missed and he did wonders but I think comparing to someone like Edison is just not right.

Posted by Karen on January 05, 2012 at 11:59 AM EST #

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