Tag Archives: ethics

The medium of thought: @Scratch is bad for learning Programming and Computational Thinking? #coding #edtech #education

…Maybe. It depends. I’m increasingly frustrated by the various groups and media who seemingly want to shoot-down all the positive work we do with teaching good programming practice in textual programming languages. While tens of thousands of educators have been pushing ahead with the 21st century, teaching children not only to program, but more importantly

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1 of 3: Remote-controlling classroom computers: When/why should we take control? #edtech

My attitude to classroom-control systems is one of the things that has radically altered since I started daily teaching. Originally, I was creeped-out by them. I might well have cited Dallas Snell – a highly-respected friend with much expertise in human/human social and cultural interactions, and how they shape organizations. He used to say something

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How dare schools and governments routinely lie through their teeth about school performance?

I was reading Robert Coe’s 2013 talk today, got a little way in, and was reminded of my love/hate relationship with statistics, and especially their use in Public Office / Government / Education / etc. It has always seemed to me that stats are bused left, right, and center, and despite some exceptional scrutiny (e.g.

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Are schools the last bastion of rebellion that preserves a free society? #edchat

The sleep deprivation has reached migraine-inducing levels. And I’m still a noob at teaching. So take this all with a fair pinch of salt…normal service will resume shortly (posts on Computing and Programming and successes, ideas, and failures in teaching them) It’s about bad teaching, and bad Teachers Before teaching, one of my pet hates

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Programming for young children: Scratch vs Blockly

Scratch was invented/created in 2003 by a team from MIT. It’s a full programming language that we USUALLY see coded using colourful drag/drop blocks. (it can be programmed in raw text too, and used to be, but today that’s rare) Blockly was created in 2012 by people that are now at Google (I’ve been told

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