In 1972, computers were still relatively rare in schools, especially in Ireland. However, there were a few models of computers that were used in some Irish schools during that time, including:

  1. IBM 360: This mainframe computer was widely used by businesses and government agencies, but some schools in Ireland also had access to it.
  2. DEC PDP-8: This mini-computer was also used in some Irish schools. It was relatively affordable and could be used for a variety of tasks, including programming and data analysis.
  3. Commodore PET: This was one of the first personal computers to become widely available. It had a built-in keyboard, monitor, and cassette tape drive for storage.
  4. Apple II: This personal computer was also popular in schools during the 1970s. It had a colorful display and a wide range of software available.

It’s worth noting that not all schools had access to computers in 1972, and those that did often had only limited access. Many students during this time would have learned to program using punch cards and other primitive methods, rather than on a personal computer.

What kind of computers do you think will be in use in Irish schools in 2072?

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John Riordan, Clonmel Digital Campus of the Technological University of the Shannon.