Here's raw footage of interviews conducted with various students in computer classes at Glenbrook South High School, located in Glenview, IL. According to the Umatic tape label, this was for "Page One", which was a segment of the 4:30 Eyewitness News. (Crew members working on this shoot were Barry and Dan)
4 seconds of color bars, with ambient sounds from the class heard throughout
Young woman interviewed speaks of the value of computers and what she learned in the classes; she gravitates towards math, science and "everything," and will be studying computer science.
Next, another student, Kevin O'Neill (sp?), who was in these classes for three days up to the date of taping, speaks of his work on a program that can find a product by typing in numbers. how working on computers has helped him in that regard - but eyes "playing games" after leaving the computer program.
This is followed by footage of an instructor standing next to two students seated near one of the computers, and a shot of what's on the screen (the type indicated an old Apple II computer, which will be seen later on; this same type font was on electronic "flip" destination signs of the ill-fated Grumman 870 buses which problems made national headlines in the 1981-84 period) - the girls (named Maureen and Kari N. according to the screen) are developing a "what's the next number" program.
Afterwards, we go to the development of a program in French, with a French-language instructor; the student, a junior, is interviewed about her experience with working on computers, including what type of subject to pick.
We go back to Kevin and another student at work on the program he explained earlier.
Then reporter Larry Moore explains about the class, nicknamed the "Apple Orchard" (ha-ha), with different types of apples (including, interestingly enough, Macintosh) forming the basis for names of various computers (could this be where Steve Jobs got the idea for so naming his company's operating system a few years from this?).
More shots of students at banks of computer setups, alternating with screen shots of various programs including a graph grid drawing a sine pattern.
Then we see Dr. John McConnell, instructional supervisor of mathematics and director of instructional computing, overseeing some students' work before sitting down for his interview; he explains the purpose of the program, which includes his concerns over computer-assisted instruction and computer programming (the latter split into formal and computer literacy programming courses), with an eye towards those who leave the program not only able to use a computer but do basic and advanced programming; and also to empower students in that realm. He also explains how it has gotten to the point where he needs a computer to teach trigonometry, and how the music department has become one of the biggest users of computers in the school; and his aim is to make students "less surprised" about their capabilities, and how student requirements have doubled thanks to computers, as well as funding for computer programs in schools. He credits computers with being able to do what old-style graph and chalkboards couldn't, then speaks of looming teacher shortages due to cutbacks and how computers and videodiscs tie in to such circumstances. Near the end, he speaks of his own children's computer literacy.
In the last minute or so, we see closeups of students and faraway shots of them in their computer banks, ending with a 3-D graphic looped over and over again.
"We think that computing is an intellectual skill . . . The modern microcomputer, and modern computers in general, are very, very powerful machines, they will affect our lives in significant and unexpected ways . . . "
This footage was recorded on Tuesday, May 18th 1982. (according to notes on the tape)
We can likely assume that the finished news piece featuring some of this footage aired on or around May 18th 1982.
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