When I want to junior school in the 90s acorn machines (BBC masters at first, later archimedes) still dominated but they rarely seemed to be used for much other than word processing or playing "educational games". I didn't go to a regular highschool for reasons I won't discuss here but at the school I was at for my highschool years things didn't seem much different.Heater wrote:
All that "computer literacy" enthusiasm of the 1980's vaporised and kids ended up in school learning only how to type with Word and do sums with Excel.
Afaict by the time the switch to PCs in schools happened (I don't remember exactly when it happened but I remember we got a couple of RiscPCs with PC cards followed by a much larger number of regular PCs) the attitude of treating them as tools on which you ran pre-canned applications to facilitate tasks rather than as things to be learnt about in their own right seemed pretty firmly entrenched already.
Now PCs were worse in the sense that programming them relied on extra software. They were also worse in that they were heavilly reliant on stuff stored on the hard drive which brought up the problem that kids could break stuff in a way that couldn't easilly be reversed which led to the whole "locked down by IT" problem but I think the switch to PCs was a symptom of the real problem (once they had decided that computers were tools to be used with pre-canned applications it made sense to use the same computers and software buisnesses were using), not the cause.