On the anniversary of Steve Job’s death, many Mac (and PC) lovers have raised their tribute to the fallen technology giant. Apple’s homepage has been replaced by a video with black-and-white photos of Jobs as well as audio of some of his famous quotes, commemorating Jobs. Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, posted a message, saying, “I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.”
How did Steve Jobs change the world exactly? Of course, he filled it with the unmistakable logo and pricey gadgets, but educators should give Jobs a much more heart-felt response for the changes that he made in technology and how it has enhanced education.
5 Ways Steve Jobs Changed Education
To say that Apple and Steve Jobs didn’t at least make an impact on the technology that we have now might be a bit of an understatement. Let’s give credit where credit is due.
- iTunes. If you ever need to have your students listen to an audio, where do you think they are going to go first? Itunes. In 2003, Jobs launched iTunes. It was a digital content service that charged about $0.99 a song, and it’s simplicity and integration was really what caught people’s attention. Now, with more than 250 million registered users, this creation is the largest online music retailer. With it’s cloud-based launch, it has made it even easier to store and access files.
- The personal computer. How many times have you been stuck somewhere, and you were able to work on a class lecture with the help of your laptop? With Steve Wozniak at his side, these two geniuses were one the forefront of popularizing a personal computer. When they released the Apple II, it was one of the most successful selling PCs of the 80s. It changed the way people do things. It changed how teachers teach.
- Tablets. Even now, you might be reading this article on your tablet—something that Jobs always had a dream to create. Three years ago, tablets were clunky, but pretty pieces of equipment that only the elite could own. With the iPad, it seemed like Jobs got everything right. It was portable, easy to use, and sleek. In 2010, Apple sold over 14 million units, and the sales keep climbing. With the tablet, you can easily create lectures, study references, and keep in contact with your classes to be the ultimate teacher.
- The iPhone. With all the goodies on the iPhone, how could you not use this phone for help on your lectures? This phone changed the way smartphones are made. With the
- Apps. This is the most important thing for educators. With the invention of the app store, Apple has changed the way that we can teach.
3 Things from Jobs We Can Teach Our Students
Steve Jobs was one of the most influential men of our time. And even though he was not perfect, there are things that he exuded and taught that should be passed on to the next generation of future “Steve Jobs”.
- It’s Ok to Make Mistakes. Steve Jobs said “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on improving your other innovations.” Teach your students that failure is okay. Often, the best innovations are the aftermath of failure.
- Be Innovative. With so much technology, people are afraid that technology is going to take over, but Jobs showed that innovation is key to being successful. “You need a person. Especially with computers the way they are now. Computers are very reactive but they’re not proactive; they are not agents, if you will. They are very reactive,”he said. “What children need is something more proactive. They need a guide. They don’t need an assistant. I think we have all the material in the world to solve this problem; it’s just being deployed in other places.”
- Think Differently [YouTube] Although Steve Jobs was a character, he was never afraid to tell people how he thought. Teach your students that it’s okay to think outside of the box.