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Programming - Promise, Possibility and Papert

There is widespread concern about low pass rates in computer programming modules at higher education. There is plenty of evidence about teacher experience and students performance in this domain that suggests that computer programming is a difficult skill to teach and a difficult skill to learn. 537 more words


"By the 1980's and 1990's, Moore's Law had emerged as the underlying assumption that governed almost everything in the Valley, from technology to business, education, and even culture"*...

… and Moore’s Law— the assertion that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years– has indeed weathered pretty well since Gordon Moore… 483 more words

A Response to “The Gears of My Childhood”

As I recall, the first time that I expressed interest in becoming a scientist was in the second grade after seeing the movie Twister. The film chronicles the story of a group of meteorologists who are trying to use a yet untested instrument (affectionately named Dorothy) to gather data about tornados. 432 more words

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Constructionism vs Instructionism

"The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention 
rather than provide ready-made knowledge."

- Seymour Papert -

In Seymour Papert’s 1980’s video conference with Japanese educators Papert argued that that constructionism is more important and critical in the classroom than instructionism.   343 more words

Flight of Constructionist Fancy

In his essay Gears of My Childhood, Seymour Papert writes about how he fell in love with gears as a wee two-year-old, and how the gears were a “transitional object” that helped him access mathematical ideas. 644 more words


Transforming the Curriculum: Designing Constructionist Projects

There has been a recent push toward a more progressive approach to education that is likely to have a positive impact at all grades and across all subject areas. 1,178 more words


Memorable learning moment (#peel21st Nov 2015 blog hop)

A grade six teacher and I had co-planned a series of sessions with her students around coding with Scratch. In one of the later sessions, I was working with a boy who was frustrated with the game he was making and told me he wanted to start over again.  361 more words