Logo's Second Millennium
Constructing knowledge with computers

Program Description:

Editor of ISTE's Logo Exchange, Gary Stager, will encourage participants to reach beyond the constraints of their current curriculum by brainstorming goals, activities and strategies for bringing the magic of computing to the lives of children and teachers. This session will also explore new software tools enable students to not only publish static works on the web, but now kids may design web-based simulations, experiments and interactive presentations as well. LEGO's RCX programmable brick and the new MicroWorlds Pro software will be discussed as catalysts for interdisciplinary learning and educational change

Session Description:

As many schools approach their 20th anniversary of educational computing, few have embraced the ways in which computers and the Internet can increase educational opportunity and revolutionize the learning process. Computing is a rich vehicle for intellectual development and self expression.

New software tools enable students to not only publish static works on the web, but now kids may design web-based simulations, experiments and interactive presentations as well. The ability to conduct an experiment, build the laboratory and share not only results, but the experimental conditions with a community of "young scientists" affords the learner with unprecedented creative and intellectual opportunities. With MicroWorlds Pro software, even the youngest students can construct interactive projects online. LEGO's RCX programmable brick allows science, math and engineering to come alive. Smaller robotics material, called Crickets, will also be discussed. Come learn how for yourself! Information on obtaining other free constructive software environments like StarLogo, Squeak and NetLogo and will be shared.

This session will encourage participants to reach beyond the constraints of their current curriculum by brainstorming goals, activities and strategies for bringing the magic of computing to the lives of children and teachers.