Watch this clip from Sesame Street where young students from 1980s describe a computer and what can be done with one.
I love their answers:
a computer is something you write on
[with a computer you can] make designs
you can make pictures with it and it helps you read
it’s not human
[a computer doesn’t have] feelings
It can think but you have to tell it what to do, we are [doing the thinking]
By now, the kids in the video are about forty years old. They are my age. We grew up working with a computer. The focus was on what we could do with a computer. What could we write, design or create with a computer.
I wonder if today’s students have the same focus? Are we shifting from a ‘what we can do with a computer’ toward ‘what can a computer do for us’ mindset?