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From the classroom to the living room: How the personal computer made its way into Hoosier homes

Posted at 6:43 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 06:43:33-04

LAWRENCE, Ind. -- The students were the teachers at Lawrence’s Indian Creek School in 1988. 

Fourth graders at the school were part of the Buddy System Project. It was a pilot program which aimed to provide take-home computers to each student in the class. 

Indian Creek was one of just five schools in Indiana to participate in the project.  

A total of 250 families across Indiana participated in the project that was backed by companies like Apple and IBM. Participating schools were also provided equipment for computer labs.  

The goal was to get mom and dad get involved in homework projects using the computers. 

Students could access the Encyclopedia Britannica as well as talk to teachers or each other via computers. Teachers could also design lesson plans.  

Janet Robash, whose daughter participated in the project said, “When I see a first grader just whip through things on the computer, I think, if that child can do it, there’s hope for me.” 

Her daughter, Jennifer Robash was unfazed by the technology, “I don’t really see why they could be afraid.”

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