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The Computer Wasn't in the Basement Anymore: My Fifty + Years on Education Technology (1970-2021) contains insights from Anthony G. Picciano's journey of more than 50 years in the field of education technology and his activities in six public colleges in New York. Some of his numerous undertakings include working with colleagues to determine how to better prepare K-12 teachers for what would be referred to today as STEM subjects, becoming a member of an IBM Business Alliance Program that helped deliver economic assistance to less affluent areas in New York City, and contributing to South Africa's initiative to provide new segments of its population with higher education. Over the years, Anthony's career exploits ranged from instructing and teaching to conducting research and engaging in administrative duties in different learning institutions.
Anthony G. Picciano has lived such a meaningful life! I was seriously inspired by how he worked with computers to make learning easier and more accessible for students and helped students and youths achieve their educational and life goals. The Computer Wasn't in the Basement Anymore is undeniably thorough and expertly written as it is brimming with intricate details, vivid descriptions, and helpful references for research purposes. It was quite interesting to experience some parts of history through the author's honest, perceptive comments about various historical developments, including BLM, 9/11, and Covid-19. This fascinating historical memoir will inspire you to do your best at whatever career you find yourself in for the good of humankind. What a privilege to see the evolution of computers and technology through the exploits of an exemplary character, whose career and life positively impacted many and played an important role in the history of education technology.