CODIE USES A BUILDING BLOCKS SYSTEM TO TEACH LOGICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
Codie is a small robot that, alongside its app, teaches very basic things like logical thinking and problem solving in a very fun way. Anything input into the app gives immediate results, so through trial-and-error, learning about coding is immediately more fun and more engaging.
SPECIAL REPORT: Coding is not just for the techies, according to Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes. It will have an increasingly important role in citizens’ everyday lives and that’s just one reason to make sure this global "language" is taught to children at school.
Francisco Restivo's insight:
Saudo esta comissária, pela sua visão em favor dos mais jovenss!
The AP (9/26, Rathke) reports that Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe announced on Thursday that “average science test scores of students in three grades have dropped slightly in Vermont from last year, with the greatest dip among eight-graders.” The article adds that Holcomb said that stagnant science scores suggest “that an emphasis on English language arts and math in the federal No Child Left Behind Act may be overshadowing science instruction.”
Vermont Public Radio (9/26) reports that Holcombe “says she is not satisfied with scores from standardized science tests given last spring.” The piece notes that “44 percent of fourth graders scored as proficient or higher, but only 25 percent of eighth graders and 30 percent of eleventh graders reached that mark.” Scores across all grades showed a decline. The piece notes that “a section that requires students not only to solve problems, but to explain their reasoning,” seems to be the part that gave students the most trouble.
WCAX-TV Burlington, VT (9/26) quotes Holcombe saying, “We’re concerned about the heavy emphasis on No Child Left Behind and whether it might be discouraging some districts from really investing in science from the earliest grades.”
The Rutland (VT) Herald (9/26) also covers this story.
As with so many types of tech, how useful (and potentially harmful) robots can be to education will have more to do with how educators and students choose to use them than with the technology itself. We may not be on the cusp of having robot teachers like in the Jetsons, but robots have already made their mark in education and will continue to do so.
As with many ideas which may be simply stated Prensky’s world of ‘Digital Natives and Immigrants’ has been oversimplified and misunderstood. In part this is the danger that comes with relying upon a cultural metaphor and a consequence of society’s love affair with neat dichotomies.
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Francisco Restivo's insight:
A hora do código. A partir dos 8 anos de idade. E também para professores e para Pais. Muito interessante.
Passos positivos. Embora me pareça que há alternativas aos Scratch, Kodu, Alice, Squeak Etoys, que despertam outro tipo de interesse nos miúdos. Há um livro, Program or Be Programmed, de Douglas Rushkoff, que abre algumas portas.
Students should be able to apply mathematical concepts to real world issues. In the real world, math doesn't come in a box labeled, "Today you will only use your multiplying with fractions skill." In the real world, students must use critical thinking to solve problems. "
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