National Geographic : 1994 Jun
For years, Sandy Fitch taught business education using textbooks and standardized tests. Yet for years, she also felt there had to be another Sway. One that her students would find more relevant, more involv ing, more motivating. Sandy OntheMac,Sandyeacher admits even she was bored her studentsMicrosoftExcelandAldus PageMaker as wellas many otherpro gramsudy used inbsine today with her old teaching methods. More important, she was concerned that her students their ability to follow directions and write -all critical workplace skills."What adifference!" Sandy says."Their work-and their evaluations -improved dramatically. They really got into the project because ithad mean ing for them, unlike my earlier methods of teaching and testing. The Mac gave them a chance to be more innovative."Now, Sandy proudly declares, her students have the skills for an entry-level job anywhere inthe country. "They are computer literate and have strong SandyFitch created the most successful school-towork programatYarmouthHigh. But she didtdo itby the book. weren't getting the hands-on training they'd need to compete inthe workplace. So, inthe spring of 1992, Sandy decided to try adifferent approach: Macintosh personal computers. With this new teaching tool, Sandy developed a three-month-long project inwhich each student was asked to complete 11 business-related activ ities - all on the Mace Her students started in with enthusiasm. They wrote resumes. They assembled data bases of employees and salaries. They produced a company newsletter. They even created aprofit/loss statement. After they were done, the students were eval uated on their innovation and creativity, as well as enough communication skills so they'll feel comfort able inthe workplace."Plus, with the multiple operating o_, systems capabilities of Apple's new S' . Power Macintosh" profi sia : ciency on the Mac prepares s riy " students for practically any Usinga laserprinter,San s students office computer environment. are ableto createprofessional-looking documents-completewithcharts, :an sellwi"'t'hh"arts, All0f which brings a new power graphics, clipart andsharp,crisp lext. All of which bng anepowr to education. The power that makes learning more engaging and more effective intraining students for the workplace. It's the most important power any teacher can have. The power to be your best Schoolshow: YarmouthHighschoollarmouth,Maine.© 1994AppleComputerInc Allrighsreserved.AppletheApplelogo,Mlacicantaand "Thepowertobeyourbest"are registeredtrenmarktsoAppleComputer,Inc.PowerMacintoshisa trademarkofAppleComputerInc Allothern'oductnamesaretrademarksor registeredtrademarksoftheirrespectivecompanies.