"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
- from the Apple THINK DIFFERENT ad
Steve Jobs changed my life like he probably changed many of your lives.
In 1981, when I was fresh out of medical school in Mexico City, my father bought an Apple IIe. It immediately became a home computer as well as my father's business computer. It was a novelty back then, which very few people possessed. I started to learn basic programming, which seemed simple in theory but the theory was not that simple to apply. I eventually figured things out and started using basic commands to accomplish simple tasks.
Little did I know then that the first personal computer would evolve into something so useful, indispensable and almost addictive. My Mac is my virtual office, my toolbox, my personal library, my connection to the world, and a reliable companion that goes with me pretty much everywhere.
This guide is dedicated to a man who has become a legend, a leader who put in the hands of common people the power of technology, an inventor who made computers intuitive and elegant, a man who initiated what some would consider a cult. He changed the way we buy and listen to music, transformed the cell phone into a mini mobile computer, added a third dimension to cartoons, created products that have become an industry standard, and changed the way teachers teach and students learn.
I invite you to explore the four sections in this guide and celebrate the life, accomplishments and legacy of a great human being. The last section includes a list of digital resources, lesson plans, discussion and research topics for the classroom. Please feel free to add your comments below.
Susanna Garza, Coordinator, Instructional Technology & Media
Coordinator, Digital Age Learning
Areas of expertise:
Instructional technology, digital resources, 21st Century Skills, interactive whiteboards, mobile learning