|Apple IIe. I have 15 in my classroom today.|
Twenty four years later I partially retired, but still am a teacher in Porterville, California, and I still have 15 Apple IIe computers in my classroom. They are still working, and eighth grade students are still banging on them and abusing them and learning from them.
|MacPlus - Under my desk|
In 1985 I bought a personal Macplus. I used it for writing. I still have it, and it still runs, it doesn't freeze.
|Two MacMinis. I'm using these as I write.|
At school, also in my classroom, I have five Power Macs from about 1990. They run every day, and the students bang on them and abuse them and used to steal the little balls in the mice until I upgraded to laser mice.
|PowerMac. Using 5 at school.|
The IMac's also are hooked up to the internet and we use them, the IIes and the PowerMacs for learning United States History and Science which I teach to eighth graders. My students are almost always engaged in their learning.
I don't have an IPod, but I've taken many away from students who keep trying to play them during class.
I've also taken many IPhones from students and delivered the phones and the IPods to the office. The students get them back after a few days the first time they are taken, and their parents have to come in and get them the next time.
|I Mac. Ten at school.|
I've also got a Dell at school because the district scrapped all their Apple computers (that's why I've got so many, I kept scrounging them from the trash). That Dell keeps giving me fits. I use it to take roll and follow group interconnected work with other staff members. Windows and Dell don't do that, Google does. But the Dell keeps adding windows doing things I don't expect.
Microsoft has copied the Macs as much as they can, but my 10 year old Macs still are more intuitive than they. Google is helping, but they're not there yet.
I've got Steve Jobs to thank for most of this, though he was gone from Apple when some of these were built. Because he went back and developed the IPhone and IPad, the company is now one of the strongest in the world, and I don't have to worry any more about being forced to use a Dell more than just to humor the administrators.