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  History of Computers in Education
History, the History of Computers, and the History of Computers in Education
Mainframe host computers are not widely accepted in schools that are still using the si ngle classroom, teacher/manager method of delivering information to students.
Larger computer storage capacity and the growing prevalence of CD-ROM and DVD drives in personal computers make it easier for educators to store large graphic and video and sound files for educational applications.
www.csulb.edu /~murdock/histofcs.html   (1134 words)

Computers have instruction sets -- values you send the computer to command it to do different things (do math, jump somewhere, do some conditional tests, etc.), and there are lots of possibilities.
Since the computer industry was a bunch of academics and hobbiests that were used to giving away their programs, selling programs was heresy -- charging more than the computer itself was insulting.
Raskin had felt that computers should be in graphics mode all the time, and display things on the screen exactly as you would see the output, and that these graphics would help to make a computer easier to use.
www.mackido.com /History/brief_history.html   (4171 words)

 History of Computing Science: Computer History from the Past
The first (and only) lecture in the series is about the history of computing from the past to the present.
It was not intended for the computing science major student.
Future additions to the lecture include a section discussing the impact of business microcomputers and mainframes to the history of computing.
www.eingang.org /Lecture   (465 words)

  History of Computers   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A few of the things people use computers for are to solve math problems, write and check the spelling of their words, play games, do homework, help fly airplanes, and keep track of information.
An early computer that helped people keep track of numbers and solve math problems is the abacus.
Computers that used to take up a whole room could then be made much smaller.
library.thinkquest.org /3884/historyofcomputers.html   (284 words)

 The Virtual Museum of Computing
History Computerization Project of the Regional History Center, University of Southern California and the Los Angeles City Historical Society, in cooperation with the Conference of California Historical Societies.
History of Computing from the IEEE Computer Society.
History of computing: the first 130 years from a course on Management and Social Impact of IT by John Ogden, University of Reading, UK.
palimpsest.stanford.edu /icom/vlmp/computing.html   (3012 words)

 Computer History
That is, electronic computers (and the earlier mechanical computers) were given this name because they performed the work that had previously been assigned to people.
"Computer" was originally a job title: it was used to describe those human beings (predominantly women) whose job it was to perform the repetitive calculations required to compute such things as navigational tables, tide charts, and planetary positions for astronomical almanacs.
The abacus was an early aid for mathematical computations.
www.computersciencelab.com /ComputerHistory/History.htm   (698 words)

Although computational machines continued to evolve, the invention of modern computers couldn't come about until the supporting technologies of electrical switching devices were in place.
He suggested that instead of switching cables that connected one part of the computer with another, in order to set up a particular computing function, a set of standard connections between machine components be established, and that a special area of computer memory should be developed to store both data and programming orders.
The computer file describing the proposed circuit is processed automatically to create the optical templates or masks, which are the printing plates from which the ICs are manufactured.
www.ecs.csun.edu /~dsalomon/history/histcomp.html   (6131 words)

 History Of Computers - History of Computers: A Glance at a Few Moments Along the Way
History Of Computers - While it is utterly impossible to fully explore the history of computers in this short article, we do touch on some interesting moments in the history of computers.
...computer using taking it upon his or herself to correct a problem in a laptop hard drive, further cautionary notes also need to be made appropriately.
In the early years of computing, computer definitions were small in number yet a complete mystery to the average man or woman on the streets....
www.dreamcomputers.com.au /149.htm   (3799 words)

 Open Directory - Computers: History
The Association for History and Computing - An international organization which aims to promote and develop interest in the use of computers in all types of historical study at every level, in both teaching and research.
Computer History Association of California - Non-profit corporation, safeguards and organizes the history of electronic computing, internationally, nationally, and in California.
The History of Computing Science: From the Past to the Present - Lecture presented by Michelle A. Hoyle explaining how computers and computing science arose from using sticks with notches for counting, to the massive explosion of personal computers in the 1980s.
dmoz.org /Computers/History   (666 words)

This collection of materials relating to the history of computing is provided courtesy of the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, and is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (CDA-9312611).
This WWW page is the initiation of a collection of materials related to the history of computing as collected and written by J.
A collection of materials intended to describe the history of computing to those interested in the 50th Anniversary of Computing in 1996 was used by students at Virginia Tech to develop a Virtual Museum of Computing that you may find very interesting.
ei.cs.vt.edu /~history/index.html   (1377 words)

 History of computers - Slashdot | A History of Computers, As Seen in Old TV Ads   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Computers History and Development · Computer Museum Computers today are based on many of the principles he used in his design.
babbage.gif (15130 bytes), The History of the Computer.
Picture History of LLNL Computers The 704 was one of the first computers in the IBM stable to use index registers, seen at the top of the console.
agesites.com /agss/history-of-computers.html   (1052 words)

 Search: History of Computers
The History of Computers - Computer History Timeline
The history of computing article is a related overview and treats methods...
History of Computers Part 2: directory of topics about the history of computers, timelines and...
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 Short History of the Internet by Bruce Sterling
The all-purpose computer memory became the assembly place in which parts of a long computation were stored, worked on piecewise, and assembled to form the final results.
Computers such as ENIAC had 18,000 tubes in them and housing all these tubes and cooling the rooms from the heat produced by 18,000 tubes was not cheap..
Computers up to this point had been strictly the legion of the military, universities, and very large corporations simply because of their enormous cost for the machine and then maintenance.
w3.aces.uiuc.edu /AIM/scale/comphistory.html   (5061 words)

 History of Computers WebQuest
As a computer technology student and a future educator it is important to understand the history of computers.
Computers: From the Past to the Presentlecture presented by Michelle A. Hoyle.
A Chronology of Computer History: a timeline on the history of the computer.
smadison.k12.in.us /TechPD/history_of_computers.htm   (952 words)

 Learning Resources: Statistics: Power from Data! History of computers
Mainframe host computers are not widely accepted in schools, which are still using the single classroom, teacher-as-manager method of delivering information to students.
Computers built between 1964 and 1971 are regarded as "third generation" computers; they are based on the first integrated circuits, which enable machines to be made even smaller.
Computers built after 1972, referred to as the "fourth generation" computers, are based on large scale integration circuits (i.e., microprocessors) with 500 or more components on a chip.
www.statcan.ca /english/edu/power/ch4/history/computers.htm   (2650 words)

 history of computers
History of Computers Part 1 is a compiled directory of computer history links for students and researchers.
inventors contributed to the history of computers and that a computer is...
History of Computers Part 2: directory of topics about the history of computers, timelines and general computer history links, current computer research links, and futuristic computer topics, robots, artificial intelligence.
www.auctions-andmore.com /articles/2/history-of-computers.html   (309 words)

 History of Computers
This chapter is a brief summary of the history of Computers.
The first substantial computer was the giant ENIAC machine by John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert at the University of Pennsylvania.
Computers of the 1940s and 50s had 18,000 tubes in them and housing all these tubes and cooling the rooms from the heat produced by 18,000 tubes was not cheap.
homepage.cs.uri.edu /faculty/wolfe/book/Readings/Reading03.htm   (1329 words)

 The Computer History's Story
Some of your parents were probably around in 1951 when the first computer was bought by a business firm.
Computers have changed so rapidly many people can not keep up with changes.
hile the modern computer is far better and faster than the EDVAC of its time, computers of today would not have been possible with the knowledge and work of many great inventors and pioneers.
www.crews.org /curriculum/ex/compsci/articles/history.htm   (1116 words)

 The Early History of Computers
The computer is one of the most important advances in business history.
Even after the first computers were developed, much of large-scale data processing was performed manually by large numbers of clerks.
Before the computer entered the office of the modern day business there were three key office machines that occupied all businesses.
campus.udayton.edu /~hume/Computers/comp2.htm   (1404 words)

 History of Computers
Computers have been around for a long time In fact one of the first computers developed was the Chinese Abacus.
In each case there is a certain feel and flow to the logic that directs their activities.
From this point forth there were many firsts as computers became less mechanical, smaller, faster and cheaper.
www.footefamily.org /train/history.htm   (769 words)

 History of Computers
The History in Computer Science is a major topic.
Computers are distinguished from a Calculating machine (such as an Electronic Calculator) by it's abbility to store computer programs (enabling to repeat its operations and logical decisions), by its number and complexity of the operations that it can perform, and it's abbility to process, store, and retrieve data without human intervention.
Analog computers operate on data that is continuously varying; while Digital computers perform operations on discrete data.
techcenter.davidson.k12.nc.us /fall022/INDEX2.HTM   (149 words)

 History of computers during 1980 to 1990
Apple Computer is the first personal computer manufacturer to hit the $1 billion mark for annual sales.
The Tandy 1000 personal computer is introduced and becomes the best-selling IBM-compatible computer of the year.
The computer contained one megabyte of RAM, new keyboard that contained cursors and numeric keypad and sold for $2,600.
www.computerhope.com /history/198090.htm   (1325 words)

 History of Computers/Internet Theme Page
The Institute is "dedicated to promoting the study of the history of computing and its impact on society..." They encourage the research and writing in the history of computing through fellowhips and by making resources and information available to scholars, scientists and members of the public.
To fully understand and appreciate the impact computers have on our lives and promises they hold for the future, it is important to understand their evolution."
Triumph of the Nerds: A History of the Computer
www.cln.org /themes/computer_history.html   (594 words)

 A Brief History of Computers and Networks
The basic idea of computing develops in the 1200's when a Moslem cleric proposes solving problems with a series of written procedures.
Twelve years later George Boole, while professor of Mathematics at Cork University, writes An Investigation of the Laws of Thought(1854), and is generally recognized as the father of computer science.
John Vincent Atanasoff begins work on a digital computer in 1936 in the basement of the Physics building on the campus of Iowa State.
www.goldenink.com /computersandnetworks.shtml   (721 words)

 A look at 'History Of Computers And Computer Inventors'.
To carry out your research for the term history of computers and computer inventors, browsing Connected Earth's website is a good idea.
It is a truly multi-media experience, which gives you the power to choose from clearly-written stories, more detailed study, three dimensional pictures of objects, spoken or written material from former telecommunications industry workers, movie clips, and simple explanations or interactive animations of how things work.
* For history of computers and computer inventors.
www.connected-earth.com /content/computer_inventors.html   (329 words)

 HISTORY OF COMPUTERS. Free term papers for college, book reports and research papers. Welcome to Essay DB
Consisting of 18,000 vacuum tubes, 70,000 resistors and 5 million soldered joints, the computer was such a massive piece of machinery that it consumed 160 kilowatts of electrical power, enough energy to dim the lights in an entire section of Philadelphia.
The programming of these computers (having them perform a different task) required that wires were disconnected from one place and connected to another or that one circuit was turned on and another turned off.
Companies that were purchasing computers during this time were using them mostly for accounting purposes and interacted with the computer via punched cards for input and reams of printed paper for output.
www.essaydb.com /essay/008141.html   (1008 words)

 A Brief Timeline in the History of Computers
The teleprinter is not a computer but connects with and displays interactions with the computer.
What formerly required many computer chips with connecting wires for the arithmetic, logic and control components, was now on one chip, significantly reducing the complexity and cost of manufacturing the heart of a computer.
The Nobel Prize for the development of Computer Assisted Tomography was awarded to Cormack and Hounsfield in 1979.
www.ceap.wcu.edu /Houghton/EDELCompEduc/Ch1/historykeylist.html   (2645 words)

 Home: Enrichment Centers: Technology: Articles: Computer History
Computer Chronicles: From Stone to Silicon: A Thinkquest educational site on the history of computers.
History of Computers: A timeline and history of computers developed by hitmill.com for educational purposes.
Slides that describe the history of computers: Material developed by Michelle A. Hoyle for a lecture series.
www.seniornet.org /php/default.php?ClassOrgID=5403&PageID=7439   (105 words)

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