What most schools don’t teach

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Vanessa Camilleri‘s insight:

What most people should be aware of …. this video really shows why pushing tools into the classroom may not work. We need people who know the how and why of these tools. We need people with computational thinking skills! We need people who think! because the glitz of gadgets may be short lived. But creating your own gadgets is EPIC!

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4 thoughts on “What most schools don’t teach

  1. Gates thinks we should teach programming. Zuck thinks we should teach programming. Allan thinks we should teach programming. They’re all hugely successful billionaires so it’s ‘obvious’ to most people that they must be right; that their opinion matters.
    What people tend to forget is that these people are all, themselves, programmers. It stands to reason that these people will mirror the biases that made them…them.
    It does not mean that they are right.
    I majored in physics. I therefore think that a knowledge of physics is important because my own biases (a world view that stresses understanding the underlying processes behind physical phenomena) cause me to think that’s important. I’m not necessarily right, though.
    If I were a firefighter I imagine I would consider it important to teach fire safety.
    On and on.
    I’m not taking issue with the value of integrating programming into the curriculum. I will, however, take umbrage with the narrow-minded world view that assumes everyone should take it.
    And while we’re at it, perhaps we’d all be better off if we did a better job of integrating the problem-solving/design process into the curriculum. So done, it could empower students to draw on skills such as programming, as appropriate, but in a way that lends itself for all students to build a wide range of appropriate skills.

    • Can’t agree with you more on this one. Problem solving, the ability and the initiative leading towards creation, is a hugely important skill in today’s world, which most unfortunately we are not seeing emerging for schools. I ask what solution can we propose? A change in curriculum? Certainly. But I believe this is so much more complex than we can even start to consider!

      • One good approach is through the tech-ed program–an area largely misunderstood. Most look at the program and figure “it’s about computers…” and leave it at that thinking it involves competency-based training. it does not need to be that way. It is possible to build such a program right around the design process where you start by introducing the students to the idea of recognizing and naming ‘problems.’ e.g. “I need to be able to automatically orient my solar panels to the movements of the sun.” Once the students have done this that will be taken through ideation processes, then design, then mock-up then testing and finally implementation. The solution could be hardware, software or a hybrid–the details will be left up to the student.

      • This brings to mind the quest to learn school approach. I find their use of the curricula not only refreshing but also a reflection of what you discuss above – let the students build up / construct their knowledge through the application of solutions ( where possible) or in terms of context.

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