Thanks to Geekfest Berlin’s 2016 event, we’ve created a series of videos from our founder Liza Loop’s presentation that touch on various aspects of the topic and our organization’s history within it. We pass this information along as possible aids to include in your communications and as an introduction to our mission and current activities.
The History of Computing in Learning and Education Virtual Museum will focus on how the computer revolution upended centuries old traditions of learning and teaching between 1960 and 1990. As our founder, Liza Loop, recently wrote;
“Why is it so hard to find participants for this conversation? I think it’s significant that there is no Museum of Learning and Education. This topic is buried so deeply in every society’s culture that, like the proverbial fish and water, it is difficult to perceive and taboo to question or change.”
Pertinent excerpts (links to our YouTube channel):
- LO*OP Center’s history (5:14 minutes)
- Steve Wozniak’s gift of the first Apple 1 to LO*OP Center (8:40 min.)
- Distance Learning – then and now (4:12 min.)
- Computer Literacy – then and now (1:31 min.)
- Education by moving people versus electrons (3:24 min.)
The complete presentation is available at: Geekfest’s Youtube channel.
2016 was the year we at HCLE saw an increased interest in the history of computing in learning and education (hence our acronym, HCLE). We are building a virtual museum to collect and catalog born-digital artifacts and digitized versions of physical artifacts to researchers, scholars, educators, and the general public. Incredible amounts of money are being spent on how to improve education and learning, and how best to integrate technology into the process. Very little is being spent studying the decades of similar attempts, which may be why society continues to ask the same questions and make the same mistakes.
Our museum’s story stretches back to 1975 and the founding of LO*OP Center, (Learning Options * Open Portal), a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit corporation chartered:
“To improve the quality of people’s lives by integrating cultural diversity and appropriate technology into local communities through educational projects and events.”
The ways that computing changed learning and education have fundamentally shifted our society and civilization. We have found no other institution with a specific focus on formal and non-formal education that is working to preserve that history. If you are aware of any, please pass along the appropriate contact information.