Closing The Imagination Gap
A vision worthy of your investment

Program Description:

We can neutralize our critics and move education forward if we shift our focus towards using school computers for the purpose of constructing knowledge through the explicit act of making things. Come explore powerful examples of children building robots, composing music, designing simulations and web broadcasting. This session will help remind us of what computers do best.

Session Description:

The personal computer is the most powerful, expressive and flexible instrument ever invented. Although it has transformed nearly every aspect of society, schools remain relatively untouched. Dubious uses of classroom technology and professional development challenges have provided fodder for a growing chorus of critics. It is possible to do good and do well by exercising a bit more creativity. We can neutralize our critics and move education forward if we shift our focus towards using school computers for the purpose of constructing knowledge through the explicit act of making things. Children engaged in thoughtful projects might impress citizens desperate for academic rigor. Emphasizing the use of computers to make things will make life easier for teachers, more exciting for learners and lead schools into this golden age. Help close the imagination gap through the exploration of K-12 examples.