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Sitting now in the precariously-powered computer lab at iSummit 2006 in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. I borrowed a digital camera from Rebecca, so I’ll be keeping you updated photographically via my Flickr account.
Check back here in a few hours and I will have begun tapping out my thoughts. Just need a little downtime to get on the “lappy-toppy” and type up my notes.
The Brain Gain discussion last Tuesday was great. Preparing for the talk helped me organize some new thinking around the role of computer science in junior/senior high school curricula that will inform the work I do in the autumn. Next year, grades 6, 7, and 8 will not have a separate CS course. Rather, I will be working with teachers of “core” subjects to integrate the material that was previously housed in my junior high CS classes. For example, can the semantic, organizational principles of XHTML find a place in a Language Arts class? Can we teach online identity and citizenship during our Advisory blocks?
Blurring the boundaries of the nebulous “Computer Science” curriculum is a way for junior high schools to address the online lives of their students. Primary goals of the new, distributed coursework will be similar to the previous years’ CS coursework, however, I think linking it explicity to students’ Math, Science, English and Social Studies classes will lead to more lasting, meaningful learning experiences.
On Tuesday (5/9), I’ll be visiting the Brain Gain discussions with the HBS Education Technologies & Multimedia Development group (ETMM) to talk about “Tomorrow’s Learner Today.” We’re going to start from a discussion of online identity management and the tremendous value of Myspace before spreading out to other key technological challenges facing students at an urban high school: leapfrogging the digital divide and the state of originality and plagiarism. Take a look at Denis Saulnier’s blog for some more jump-off points.
If you’re free around 2pm, come by with your thoughts and curiosity. The talk is located at Harvard Business School, 25 Travis St, Suite 100 [Directions to ETMM].