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CompSci K16 Collaborations Institute - Day 2

Paul Grobstein's picture
Welcome to the on line forum area for the 2008 K16 Collaborations Computer Science Education Summer Institute. This is a place for leaving thoughts that have arisen during the institute sessions, finding thoughts left by others. and continuing conversations about the role of computing in education. Remember to log in with your username and password before posting. Others are welcome to join the conversation, but their comments will be delaying in appearing to prevent spam.
LuisanaT's picture

Monitoring the web and education

I understand that MIT has an intense filtering system to eliminate “inappropriate” material/comments and although that is appreciated tremendously, (not to be an extremist) should we be ignoring all that is “really bad” about this world. To what extent can the projects be graphic, especially when information to be displayed in the project regards diseases, genocides, crimes, etc.?
LuisanaT's picture

Computer Science, Humanities, and Other Science Learning

The idea behind the Scratch program, interestingly enough, is analogous to metaphors associated with the language arts and stories associated with the “hard core” and social sciences in that it tell stories, in a much more interdisciplinary, computer science manner.
Scratch in particular, is a great tool for learning because it incorporates a lot of the internet exchanges of Serendip using a lot of similar concepts available on Powerpoint which is essentially the implicit function of computer science on learning.
LuisanaT's picture

Maps can be interesting

Mashup (Here’s one interesting example integrating some basic information on American presidents and their geographic positioning based on place of birth) with seems to be a very fun and intriguing activity to perform but an issue that occurs repeatedly online is the high possibility of incorrect data being provided. Unless, of course, the teachers themselves and/or curriculum programs create the maps themselves then this problem can be better avoided. But the idea of using this activity works very similarly to the web forums on serendip for the purpose of allowing students to contribute their different interests to the class.
jrlewis's picture

in response to both of you

How do you plan to use scratch in your classroom? Will you use it as an alternative to power point and other programs? Or as an introduction to creating technology or programing?

For anyone not a computer teacher, would you try to do this in an interdisciplinary format? Or would you integrate program writing into a specific academic discipline, like language arts? Do you feel any responsibility towards advancing the cause of computer science in the curriculum as described by the speaker? Would it be appropriate for your classroom?

Diane O'Fee-Powers's picture


I am looking forward to implementing Scratch in my classroom. Hopefully, I'll be able to master it before Sept!
My neices & nephews don't know this yet, BUT they will be helping Aunt Diane figure this program out! Hopefully, they will love it also, I can't imagine that they wouldn't lvoe it.

joycetheriot's picture

Successful Scratch Day

Scratch day was marvelous; extremely useful information! There are so many potential applications that connect to my classroom. Thank you, this will help me reach some of my 'on the edge' students and I am grateful for the chance to try and engage them. This is something I can plug right in to my curriculum. I'm very happy!