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Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills ~ Mind/Shift

Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills ~ Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Ian Quillen

"...students like Sam Blazes and Wilfried Hounyo, two winners in the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge, say they see their passion for computer programming is potentially leading them into a wide range of future professions.

“There’s no specific place you can plan on going because there are so many different things you can do with programming,” Blazes told an audience during a panel discussion at The Atlanticmagazine’s Technologies in Education Forum earlier this month. “You can do pretty much anything with it that you can program.”

"That’s because computer programming is a study of languages more than of technology or mechanics. And command of those languages allows programmers to control the functionality of anything that is driven by a computer.

"For example, Blazes and Hounyo, both now high school students in the Washington, D.C. area, each won acclaim for helping to design educational video games. But they both said they initiallyembraced programming through school robotics clubs, where students not only build robots, but work to write code that can control robots’ movements and reactions. And as Blazes pointed out, the same skills could also be used for a wide range of career purposes, such as constructing meteorological simulations, making financial predictions, or creating personalized online learning curricula."

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 10, 2013 4:20 AM
Great information. HABITS OF MIND!!
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A Creative Curriculum fit for 2013 and Beyond | huntingenglish

A Creative Curriculum fit for 2013 and Beyond | huntingenglish | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.” Horace Mann


"Recently I came across a beautifully written ode to creativity written by @RealDavidCameron – see here. Please read it in all of its resplendent glory. The article, appropriate for our austere times, and rather bankrupt political leadership, is not all sweetness and light. Birth weight and poverty are recognized as near intractable factors that inhibit learning, but the driving force of the article resides in the transformative power of education. This was connected to another article by an inspiring school leader, Tom Sherrington – the @headguruteacher – with this article on creativity here: Teaching for Creativity and Innovation. Now, let me admit, when I sometimes hear the term ‘creativity’ used regarding education I wince slightly. ‘Passion’ and ‘creativity’ have become easy labels used across public and private sectors, becoming appropriated by advertisers, regardless of whether those qualities are exhibited or not, like some empty corporate mantra. When people laud Sir Ken Robinson I cannot but agree with his inspired speeches, but without action those words ring hollow. What leaders like Tom Sherrington and people like David Cameron do is put meat onto the bones of the creativity mantra in a real and valuable. They shine a light on creativity in practice and thereby encourage us to bask in the glow and feed the flame,"

Jim Lerman's insight:

The above comment, only one paragraph in quite a lengthy meditation on the necessity for creativity and passion in education, comes from "A Subject Leader of English in a large, successful state school in York" [England], who evidently desires to write anonymously.


In any event, huntingenglish has quite a bit to say on his/her own behalf and also peppers the piece with abundant links to additional writings by others as well as schools/programs that s/he considers exemplary.


From the opinions expressed, it seems to me that the educational landscape in the UK resembles that of the US in a great many respects...certainly I find much to agree with concerning personal reflections about the current state of educational affairs.


Huntingenglish has a lot to say and, IMO, says it very well. This is quite a stimulating read and I will be returning to this blog for more.



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