School teacher finds many uses for her Mac 512K
Author: Gladys Burritt
Date: March, 1988
Keywords: mckinleyville humboldt interview profile
Text: Marianne Rudebock teaches third grade at Dows Prairie School in McKinleyville. Over the last four years, she has been involved in helping teachers in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties to learn to use computers. Mostly, this work has involved Apple IIes given to certain schools by Apple Computer. Marianne took classes and then taught workshops on various computer applications, including grade-keeping. She also approached the challenges of using computers for instructional purposes, presenting to teachers ideas on how to use one computer for a classroom of 30 elementary stuents, or how to design a lab setting. Her current use of a computer involves her own Mac, at home, with which she prepares instructional materials for use in her class. She is able to prepare personalized worksheets, for example, in which math word problems use the names of students in her class. Marianne also finds that she has much more communication with parents, since with the Mac it is so easy to prepare a letter of information or explanation on class events or projects. She says she often ends up preparing schoolwide newsletters or other projects on the Mac because it's so easy she doesn't mind volunteering. She primarily uses MacWrite. Marianne also states that when she does have a Mac available in the classroom, she finds students are very interested in MacPaint and practically teach themselves how to design interesting creations. Marianne has a 512 which she also uses for various personal projects, including completion of her thesis for a master's degree in Education Administration. Marianne has been a member of SMUG since the beginning, and values the opportunity to get together with other Mac users and hear of the latest developments in the computer world.
Copyright © march, 1988 by Gladys Burritt