Thursday, October 6, 2011


Hard as I tried, I did not manage to remain unaffected by the stream of tweets, quotes and articles about Steve Jobs on the day of his death. He was, and still is, an inspiration to millions of people, who willingly acknowledge him as a man who saw the future. As a big fan of Apple and a passionate believer in the life philosophy Steve promoted, I now wish to give some food for thought to my adult students who would like to know more about him. First of all, here is a selection of astounding tweets about Steve: 

"I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates."
"Remembering that you are going to die, is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose"
3 apples that changed the world: the one that Eve ate, the one that fell on Newton's head and the one that Steve built
SteveJobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world. What's your excuse?
Our 10-yr-old on being told who  was: "Oh, he's the man who designed the future." Quite.
Hot off the Press!!! An Activity about Steve Jobs 

The final tweet is about an interesting vocabulary and reading activity Cecilia Lemos (EFL teacher and iTDi EFT author) has prepared for her adult students on this day. What is more, two videos I would definitely recommend to adult students are these ones:

How to live before you die: At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks - including death itself.

The crazy ones: Steve Jobs narrates the first think- different commercial "Here's to the Crazy Ones". It never aired.

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits.The rebels.The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.They're not fond of rules.And they have no
respect for the status quo. You can praise them , disagree with them , disbelieve
them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them .
They invent.They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can
you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art ? Or sit in silence and hear
a song that's never been written ?Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on
wheels ? We make tools for these kind of people. 
While some see them as the crazy ones , we see genius .
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world ,
are the ones who do ."

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