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The previous IAE Blog entry discussed a ninth grade Computer Science course that is being required for all students in a Pennsylvania school district (9/29/2010). The course includes an emphasis on problem solving. However, we all know that problem solving is an important component of every academic course and that computers are an important aid to problem solving in every discipline.
As students gain this computer science knowledge and skills one would expect that they would want to use their new knowledge and skills, both while in the ninth grade and in subsequent grades. This means that all of their teachers will be faced by students wanting to use their newly acquired computer-oriented knowledge and skills.
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.
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:
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.