UC San Francisco is alerting some individuals to the theft of a physician’s personal laptop computer that contained personal and health information.
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UCSF learned on Sept. 25 that the personal laptop computer had been stolen that evening from the locked vehicle of the physician, based in the Division of Gastroenterology at the UCSF School of Medicine. Upon discovering the theft, the physician promptly alerted San Francisco police, UCSF police and UCSF officials.
In 1989 Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) in Melbourne, Australia embarked on a still unparalleled learning adventure. Eighteen years after Solomon and Paperts prediction this school made a commitment to personal computing and constructionism. The unifying principle was that every child in the school (from grades 5-12) would own a personal laptop computer on which they could work at school, at home, and across the curriculum with a belief that their ideas and work were being stored and manipulated on their own personal computer. Ownership of the laptop computer would reinforce ownership of the knowledge constructed with it. The personal computer is a vehicle for building something tangible outside of your head - one of the tenets of constructionism. By 1994, 2,000 MLC teachers and students had a personal laptop computer. This school, like most serious workplaces now has a computer ration of more than one computer per worker (teacher & student). Today, approximately 50,000 Australian school children have their own laptop. More and more American schools are embracing laptops as well.
Until recently, the notion of the PC and personal computing has escaped schools. Computer labs, special furniture and computer literacy curricula have been designed to make efficient use of scarce public resources. The potential benefits of using a word processor to write, edit and publish are rarely realized when access to the computer is limited and artificially scheduled. Laptops provide a personal space for creating, exploring, and collecting ones own ideas, work, and knowledge in a more fluid manner. Pioneering schools like MLC adopted laptops for the following reasons: