Sometimes simply exposing people to Apple technology can be an eye-opening experience. That’s what Dan Longacre of Apple iServices discovered when he and his wife Lisa recently worked as volunteers at their daughter’s middle school’s career day in Chattanooga, TN.
They were there to represent careers in computer technology and educators using technology in the classroom. The Longacres set up an iBook and video camera to demonstrate iMovie, an iMac demonstrating iTunes, an iMac demonstrating the Internet and Sherlock, and a PowerBook demonstrating OS X and simple programming. All four computers were connected to the school’s network via AirPort.
There were about 40 tables set up representing a wide variety of careers from businesses in the area. Approximately 750 students in grades 6-8 attended career day. They were free to roam, but were required to visit at least four tables and fill out a standard questionnaire on each.
“The kids recognized the Apple brand, but I think it was the first time most had ever seen or used something other than a Windows computer,” Longacre said. “And they loved it! Our table was packed the entire time. The kids complemented the looks, the clear bright screens, the ‘laser’ mouse, and fast response. They were fascinated with the wireless network, played with the camera and iMovie and with iTunes. Some checked their e-mail, and a handful even had questions about programming.”
He taught a computer lab at his daughter’s elementary school a couple of years ago. However, though the kids had fun in the class, they were never wowed like they were on career day, Longacre said.
“Lisa and I were there to talk about careers and did not try to hype computers,” he added. “We never expected the level of excitement that we experienced. The excitement generated by the Apple technology was remarkable.”