Wanda Weidemann

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James Koper, Wilburn Jones, Carroll Wells


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Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


When a computer science course was added to the curriculum of Russellville High School, Russellville, Kentucky, the author was assigned the task of choosing materials for use in the class. The textbooks on the Kentucky adoptions list failed to contain sufficient materials concerning the history of computers. A further search showed that no resources are available wherein a secondary teacher or student can find a history of computers that includes the development of the most modern computers, and yet is not so technical that it can only be understood by those with extensive knowledge of electronics.

The purpose of the project was to provide a usable history of computers for the secondary school. The work describes the development of computers from the beginning of computation to the current microcomputer. The reading level is such that the average high school student who has no experience with either computers or electronics will be able to understand the material. Chapters II through VI contain the actual history, and these chapters may be detached and used as a supplementary resource for students and teachers.

Although the work was written for use in computer science classes at the secondary level, the material is relevant to other areas and levels of study Chapter VII suggests some ways that this history may be used in a variety of classroom settings.


Computer Sciences | Databases and Information Systems | Education | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Programming Languages and Compilers | Secondary Education