Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Computing Making Creating Thinking

Computing in Education.  It's come a long way.
Welcome to MIT App Inventor [image - android logo holding a sign]

Students in California are demanding better access to a technology driven education

And so they should.  School adoption of technology has generally lagged.  Time has been wasted arguing about about whether or not it makes a significant difference to learning outcomes.  Whether or not it does, isn't really the point. The point is, it's a critical step in human evolution and connectedness. Not having tech in schools, when it's omnipresent elsewhere, just makes schools irrelevant.

But that's not why I'm here.

We need to do more than provide tech as a tool.

We need to kindle interest and skill in creating technology. Not just consuming it.

That's why free and open source development tools like appinventor are so important.