1614 Napier invented logarithms. (Etc has online calculators)
1801 Joseph-Marie Jacquard developed an automatic loom controlled by punch cards.
1822 Charles Babbage completed his first model for the difference engine
1936 Alan Turing published the mathematical theory of computing
1951 Launch of Ferranti Mark 1 – the first commercially produced computer
1958 The first minichip
1977 Etc (The Extra Tuition Centre in Zimbabwe) put all pupil’s accounts onto punched cards buying time on a micro computer
1981 IBM launched the IBM PC
1990 Microsoft released Windows 3
1993 Intel launched the Pentium chip
1997 Etc developed ACTION – linking standardised test results to National Curriculum
2009 etcACTION delivers online lessons using Microsoft’s Live Meeting using video and white boards
Good luck to all Eleven Plus children and their parents in 2011.