The other day when my 88-year-old dad wrote a daily blog post — about the life and achievements of Steve Jobs — I realized, once again, just how much Jobs’ life, vision, and achievements are a part of our general culture. More importantly, how much Jobs changed our lives.
One doesn’t need to be digitally savvy, a gadget fanatic, an iPhone evangelist, or even a Macintosh loyalist. All that’s required is experience with one intuitive Apple product — in this case, my dad writing on his iPad — and an interest in the news.
Over the many years that I’ve spent working in the educational technology field, that’s the way it’s gone again and again. Give students, teachers, a senior adult — in fact just about anyone — a Mac computer or iPad, and they use it and work with it independently. We tech people barely see them because they are off using their computers.
Memorial Posts Worth Reading
- What Steve Jobs Understood that Our Politicians Don’t – New York Times
- The Man Who Invented Our World – Slate
- The Steve Jobs I Knew – Wall Street Journal
- Steve Jobs the World Pays Tribute – The Guardian
- Steve Jobs and the Media: For the Most Part It Was a Love Affair– Washington Post
- To His Millions of Fans He Was Simply Steve – LA Times
- John Markoff’s obituary/appreciation – New York Times