Liza Loop is an educational technology pioneer, futurist, technical author, and consultant. She is notable for her early use of computers in education, her creation of a public-access computer center, consulting work with Atari, Apple, Radio Shack and others as well as philosophical musings on the future of learning environments from the 1970s on.
In 1975, Loop created the LO*OP Center (Learning Options * Open Portal) non-profit organization. In 1975 LO*OP opened the second public access computer center located outside a museum. After visiting the center, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was impressed enough with her work that he gave her the first Apple computer ever produced to use in her center. For most of 1976 the center's Apple I was the only Apple I in the North Bay.
In the early 21st century, she became an advocate of preserving the early history of computing in education.
- Loop, Liza; Christensen, Paul (Nov 1980). Exploring the Microcomputer Learning Environment, Report #5, Independent Research and Development Project Reports (PDF). San Francisco, California: Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- Loop, Liza; Anton, Julia; Zamora, Ramon (1982). ComputerTown. A Do-It-Yourself Community Computer Project (PDF). Menlo Park, California: People's Computer Company. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- Loop, Liza; Anton, Julie; Zamora, Ramon (1983). ComputerTown, bringing computer literacy to your community. Reston, Va.: Reston Pub. Co. ISBN 9780835908849. OCLC 9324057.
- "History of Computing in Learning and Education Virtual Museum". LO*OP Center, Inc. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
Liza founded LO*OP Center, Inc. in 1975 to provide a nonprofit home for innovative educational project led by herself and others.
- Hill, Adriene. "Classroom Tech: A history of hype and disappointment". Learning Curve. Marketplace. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- Tom Owad (17 February 2005). Apple I Replica Creation: Back to the Garage. Syngress. pp. 17–. ISBN 978-0-08-049921-5.
- Marty Goldberg; Curt Vendel (2012). Atari Inc. Business Is Fun. Syzygy Press. pp. 458–. ISBN 978-0-9855974-0-5.
In May 1978, Liza Loop (a consultant specializing on the various uses of computers in education) is brought in ... She sees the Atari home computers as a viable tool that could bypass the school and the traditional education process and bring real learning directly into the home.
- Stanford University Libraries. "Guide to the Liza Loop Papers, 1972 - 1984, Collection number: M1141". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- Cappetta, Jon (March 10, 2015). "Interview with Liza Loop: Q and A". HCLE Virtual Museum. History of Computing for Learning in Education (HCLE), LO*OP Center, Inc. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
- LO*OP Center, Inc., Learning Options*Open Portal, non-profit educational project founded by Liza Loop, Dean Brown and Stuart Cooney
- ANTIC, the Atari 8-bit Podcast (April 27, 2015). "ANTIC Interview 38 – Liza Loop, Technical Writer". HCLE Virtual Museum. History of Computing for Learning in Education (HCLE), LO*OP Center, Inc. Retrieved April 29, 2015.