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This programme begins with a studio introduction by Aldwyn Cooper, followed by a brief demonstration of the PET and APPLE mini-computers, a film sequence of how the developments in silicon chips ar...e affecting the learning and playing opportunities in California. The second half of the programme consists of a studio discussion with David Firnberg, Managing Director of Urwick Nexos Ltd., and Barry Sherman, Director of Research for ASTMS, chaired by Aldwyn Cooper.
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Module code and title: E200, Contemporary issues in education
Item code: E200; 15
First transmission date: 22-09-1981
Published: 1981
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Duration: 00:24:27
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Producer: Chris Cuthbertson
Contributors: Aldwyn Cooper; David Firnberg; Maureen George; Barry Sherman; Arthur Leurhmann; Jim Butzek
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Evergreen Community College; Micro computers; Unemployment
Footage description: Aldwyn Cooper opens the programme from the studio. He briefly outlines the content of the previous programme, then introduces us to the PET micro-computer. Maureen George demonstrates the PET machine and describes its use by students at Brunei University. Cooper briefly shows us the APPLE 2 micro-computer. Shots of laser beams, over which Cooper asks whether software developments can match those in hardware. Interview with Arthur Leurhmann, director of computing at the Lawrence Hall of Science in California. Shots of the college are cut into the interview. Leurhmann describes his college's programme for educating people in the use of computers. Shots of children playing at computer terminals. Cooper interviews Jim Butzek of Evergreen Community College in California. He describes the college's courses for preparing people to work with computers in industry. Cooper lists four tasks facing education with respect to information technology. Interview with David Firnberg, managing director of a company with interests in the use of new technology in education. Firnberg outlines his optimistic view of the future spread of microtechnology and computing. He argues that beneficial social changes are a likely consequence. Cooper interviews Barry Sherman of ASTMS, who is author of the book The Collapse of Work. Sherman explains why he believes the new technology may well have detrimental effects upon the workforce. He argues that future developments may well force changes in our educational system. Studio discussion involving Cooper, Sherman and Firnberg. They consider the effects of new technologies upon employment, upon leisure and upon education.
Master spool number: OU 3564
Production number: FOUE052T
Videofinder number: 533
Available to public: no