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EDU 807 Spring 2018 - Week 5 - Hypercard Introduction - Group 3

Hosted on the Internet Archive, this video about Hypercard (26:50) is described as:

An introduction to Apple's Hypercard. Guests include Apple Fellow and Hypercard creator Bill Atkinson, Hypercard senior engineer Dan Winkler, author of "The Complete Hypercard Handbook" Danny Goodman, and Robert Stein, Publisher of Voyager Company. Demonstrations include Hypercard 1.0, Complete Car Cost Guide, Focal Point, Laserstacks, and National Galllery of Art. Originally broadcast in 1987. Copyright 1987 Stewart Cheifet Productions.

We are going to watch one segment of the video, both because I can't embed the media from the Internet Archive (and this segment was on YouTube) as well because you just got done doing lots of reading. Please view the video and respond to these questions:

  • How is Hypercard described? Given the focus of computer-aided instructions in the 1980s, and the fact that this was pre-WWW, what was unique, interesting, useful, or engaging about this program?
  • What potential purposes could Hypercard -- as a component of teaching and learning -- and why/how was it different from other programs?
  • Though the video doesn't talk about it in particular, in what ways might this use of technology position teachers? In what ways might it position students?
  • In short, who has power and agency as you look at the way technology is described?

Please offer at least two initial comments on the video, as well as two responses to your classmates. Despite the impulse to make comments on the clothing, hairstyles, and eyewear, please try (try!) to keep your comments focused on the content of the video.

DMU Timestamp: January 27, 2017 00:44





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