Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange)

So much is going on in the world, in technology, and in education.  Society and culture are changing based in large part on the impacts of technology. We are looking to change education – from Michael Gorman and effective PBL to Will Richardson and accepting modern realities in schools,  We are re-evaluating how technology fits into curriculum. Well, I suppose this is an ongoing effort, but for me takes on a new direction. 20 years ago we as technology educators planned for a world where technology would be ubiquitous. That world is here. It is no longer about the tool, about the technology, but rather about the logic and functionality behind it. How can we transfer knowledge of one particular technology to another? Are our skills as ubiquitous as our devices?

From my perspective computational thinking (CT) is the “technology” we should be integrating now. CT encompasses concepts such as problem solving, abstraction, simulation, algorithms and decomposition which are key not only to computer science, but to other disciplines as well. CT is about finding solutions, and having the perseverance to work through a problem (what some people might call “grit”). While integrating CT is not a revolutionary concept (see the work by Jeannette Wing, 2006, which propelled the concept forward), it is one that I have taken a particular interest in and plan on researching further and working to implement in my school. I will be sharing this exploration in this blog. 

Sometimes life changes so fast, that to keep up with it we become engulfed in the flow and let many things pass by. And, that is ok actually, as long as we are moving forward. We can’t expect every thing else in life to keep pace with us, or to keep pace with everything. When the flow slows down a bit, its good to look around and see where you are, and where you’re headed. What changes are happening in other areas of life. Changes in education, changes in the ways technology is integrated in our lives present new opportunities for growth. Change is good.