Are you smarter than a fifth-grader?

“Do you know about the Xerox Alto and Xerox Star computers from back in the ’70s?” asked one of my fifth-graders in The Saturday Course.

“Yes,” I replied, “but I’ve never before met a fifth-grader who knows about them!” This mut have been ancient history to him.

He went on to tell me that the Alto was the first computer to use windows, menu, and a mouse, but that Xerox’s marketing department wasn’t able to sell it to home users.

Actually, I wrote once before about a Saturday Course student who surprised me with her wisdom and knowledge — and that was a fourth-grader that time — so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. But this blast from the past was definitely unexpected.

Categories: Teaching & Learning, Technology