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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thought provoking...

Our school system's technology committee meets again this afternoon. The outcome of this committee's work is a state-required technology plan followed by a plan at each school.

Virtually all of the technology we use today started as a hair-brained idea that nobody thought would never work, and it worked anyway because people with vision and people who knew how to work out details began to talk.

This clip from TeacherTube is thought-provoking. The major message I take from it is kids are going to use technology. Our choice is whether we will be at the front of the parade helping to shape the speed at which it moves at the direction it takes, or whether we will be on the sidelines watching the parade go by.

Television won’t be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.
—Darryl F. Zanuck

Head of 20th Century-Fox, 1946

This "telephone" has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.
--Western Union internal memo, 1976

The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
-David Samoff's assocaites response to his urgins for investment in radio in the 19020s.

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
-Ken Olson, president, chairman, and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

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