Don't Bother Me, I'm Learning!

Don’t Bother Me I’m Learning (1979)

The documentary Don’t Bother Me I’m Learning explores computer education for children in schools. It also points out the importance of the Bay Area of California as a pioneer in these efforts of computer literacy. The introductory song references the computer code BASIC which was a popular code among educators to create games for their students. One of its primary benefits was how easy it was to learn, so teachers were able to teach it to their students so the children could program their own games.

In the second clip  from the Don’t Bother Me I’m Learning documentary, educators discuss how games are an integral part of learning for children, thus legitimizing games as learning tool for how to use computers.

The concluding clip features an in-class display where children teach their parents how to use computers.