Information Age Education Blog

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A Pennsylvania School District Requires Computer Science for All Ninth Graders

In browsing the Web today, I came across a newspaper article reporting on a school district requiring all ninth graders to take a computer course. (http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20100927_Springfield_High_looks_at_computers_in-depth.html.) The Springfield Township district is the first in Pennsylvania to mandate that students take a computer science course as a graduation requirement.

I read the article to see what it might have to say about students learning computer science.

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Using ICT to Improve Education: Consider Three Questions Instead of Two

We are all interested in improving our informal and formal educational systems. This is an everyday challenge to parents, teachers, politicians, and many other people.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is certainly relevant to addressing the challenge. Most people who look at possible roles of ICT in education ask just two questions:

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Mind, Brain, & Education – The Discipline of Educational Neuroscience

 

Mind, Brain, & Education: Neuroscience Implications for the Classroom (Sousa, 2010) provides an excellent overview of how brain science is changing and will change education. David Sousa, the editor of the book, has had a distinguished career in education and in cognitive neuroscience. He is a prolific author in the combination of these two disciplines. I strongly recommend the book for all who are interested in improving our educational system. It reflects many years of solid progress in cognitive neuroscience and its applications to education.

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Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: The Rapidly Approaching Category 5 Storm

In September, 2010, the National Academies made available a report titled: Rising above the gathering storm, revisited: Rapidly approaching Category 5. This is a follow-up to a much longer report published five years ago: Rising above the gathering storm. The new report can be downloaded free in PDF format from http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12999.html. The 2005 report has a publication date of 2007 and is available for free download at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11463.

In terms of hurricanes, a Category 5 storm is the worst it gets. The new report’s title is designed to tell its readers that we are in deep trouble. Here is a quote from the 2010 report, with bold added for emphasis:

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Knowing a Little about a Lot and a Lot about a Little

One of my favorite quotes is:

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." (Thomas H. Huxley; English writer; 1825–1895.)

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