Thursday, October 9, 2008

Input Required

Writer Waiting
Shel Silverstein
Oh this shiny new computer-
There just isn't nothin' cuter.
It knows everything the world ever knew.
And with this great computer
I don't need no writin' tutor,
"Cause there ain't a single thing that it can't do.
It can sort and it can spell,
It can punctuate as well.
It can find and file and underline and type.
It can edit and select,
It can copy and correct,
So I'll have a whole book written by tonight
(Just as soon as it can think of what to write).

Nearly 2 million years ago, homo-erectus discovered fire, stood beside it, and felt warm. Then, in 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb bringing humankind out of darkness and 50 years later, the introduction of television provided a world of entertainment. Today people exist in the information age where according to the National Center for Education Statistics, by 2001 our public schools housed more than 10 million computers and by 2005, virtually all schools had internet access. However, despite the proliferation of technology in the classroom, public school leaders can still be found standing beside these mysterious digital boxes feeling cold, bored, and in the dark.

The difference between past technologies such as the light bulb and television when compared to computers...these diabolical digital devices require ~ INPUT!

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