Liza Loop

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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.

Career[edit]

In 1975, Loop created the LO*OP Center (Learning Options * Open Portal) non-profit organization.[1] 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.[2] For most of 1976 the center's Apple I was the only Apple I in the North Bay.[3]

In 1978, when Atari was developing the Atari 800 home computer, Loop was brought in as a consultant to help meet the market for home computers that children and adults could use for learning.[4]

The Liza Loop Papers from 1972 to 1984 (donated in 1986) are housed in Stanford University Libraries' manuscript division and detail the early years of educational computing.[5][a]

In the early 21st century, she became an advocate of preserving the early history of computing in education.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ According to a wiki page by Liza Loop [1], Loop donated several boxes of magazines and papers from LO*OP Center's collection to the Computer History Museum. As of 2014, that half remained unindexed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Hill, Adriene. "Classroom Tech: A history of hype and disappointment". Learning Curve. Marketplace. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  3. ^ Tom Owad (17 February 2005). Apple I Replica Creation: Back to the Garage. Syngress. pp. 17–. ISBN 978-0-08-049921-5.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Stanford University Libraries. "Guide to the Liza Loop Papers, 1972 - 1984, Collection number: M1141". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 29 April 2015.

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