Jan
16
2011

Developing this site

I haven’t had time to develop this site as much as I have wanted to, but it is slowly getting there. The plan is still to establish a resource that ICT students can use to help study the History of ICT. We’ve gathered together some of the memories of fellow teachers and I’m still keen to gather more.

The entire site is to be developed for fellow teachers and interested individuals to make use of. Thus all the content will be listed under a creative commons share-alike licence:

Creative Commons Licence
ICTHistory.co.uk is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

However, what I believe is really needed is some content about specific computers. When I originally started the site, I put together some links and resources for some of the early computers. What I now plan to do is put together specific pages for the following computers that I consider to be key to the development of computers today. Clearly even producing such a list has the potential to spark debate, but that is no bad thing.

What I plan to do is update this site with a section for each of the following. With each section will be a collection of games to test understanding of the information together with, if appropriate, a worksheet. That means the site can indeed be used for cover lessons too. I want the site to be a place where students can explore and discover some of the fun of early computing.


How much do you know about the History of the Amiga?
Play Walk the Plank to find out…

The list [of significant ‘home’ computers]:

MITS Altair 8800
Commodore PET 2001
Apple II
Acorn Atom
Sinclair ZX80
Sinclair ZX81
Commodore VIC-20
IBM PC
BBC Micro Model A / Model B
Commodore 64
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Dragon 32
Apple Lisa
Oric 1 [Thanks to @thegreatgar for suggestion]
Acorn Electron
Apple Macintosh
Amstrad CPC-464
IBM PC AT
Atari ST
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad PCW
Acorn Archimedes

Is that a fair summary and appropriate list to be making progress with?

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