A delightful way to teach kids about computers

I really enjoyed this TEDx talk by Linda Liukas. In it she shares her passion for coding, including how she realised she has been coding her whole life through, for example, learning the patterns of a language or learning to knit.

She says that we need…

to not see computers as mechanical and lonely and boring and magic, to see them as things that they can tinker and turn around and twist, and so forth.

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The kids of today, they tap, swipe and pinch their way through the world. But unless we give them tools to build with computers, we are raising only consumers instead of creators.

We often hear in education that we need to be creators and not consumers of technology. That means that we need to give our students opportunities to be creative and not just do the same kind of stuff all the time. Our students need the chance to think. They need to be questioned to help stretch their thinking. They need to be given the tools and support to make some of their dreams and ideas become a reality.

Programming gives me this amazing power to build my whole little universe with its own rules and paradigms and practices. Create something out of nothing with the pure power of logic.

Problem solvers vs Problem finders

I just came across this TEDx talk (video below) and blog post from 2011 and it really made me think. In the video, Ewan McIntosh talks about the need to develop a generation of problem finders rather than problem solvers. Part of this comes from a generation of teachers and parents developing problems for our students to solve that are irrelevant to them and not real.

Watch the video (about 8 minutes) and consider what you could do to help develop a generation of problem finders. The last part of the video is really interesting about what happens in one class where this takes place.

 

 

BTW:

This happens to be my 100th blog post. It has taken me just under 4 years of rather irregular blogging to get to this stage. This site started as a wordpress.com site and I migrated it at the beginning of last year to a personal domain.

Knowing it was my 100th post I tool a look at some stats and discovered that between the two sites I’ve had over 7000 page views.

Thanks for being one of those who have read my blog. I hope it has been interesting and useful, and has made you think.

I hope you will continue reading and sharing.