Beginnings of Computing in School Education in Australia
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In the early 1970s, a small number Australian schools began to get involved in computing, typically resulting from the exposure of maths/science teachers to computing during their university courses. The way computing was typically introduced was through the teaching of programming by the school’s mathematics department. Early examples included a PDP-8 computer in one Victorian secondary school and an 8 k Wang computer in another, each paid for through a Commonwealth Schools Commission “Innovations Grant.” The schools used teletype terminals with paper tape readers and accessed the computers via dedicated telephone lines. This arrangement was, however, soon seen to be not very satisfactory.
The next step was in 1974 with the introduction of MONECS (Monash Educational Computer System) that typically ran on a DEC PDP-11 (DEAMON) minicomputer and used mark-sense cards for program and...
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