Working Without a NETS
Strategies for intellectually-rich computing

Program Description:

There are alternatives to what many see as the counterproductive National Educational Technology Standards. Explore how constructionist 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.

Session Description:

As many schools enter their third decade of educational computing, few have embraced the ways in which computers and the Internet can increase educational opportunity and revolutionize the learning process. Computing should be a rich vehicle for intellectual development and self-expression. Educational practices should adapt to the opportunities offered by digital technology, not adapt the technology to sustain traditional educational practices.

New constructionist 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.

Tales of classroom practices, secondary computer science courses using Logo and examples of student projects will be shared by the international collection of panelists.

This session 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. The panelists 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, "cricket" robots and the new MicroWorlds Pro software will be discussed as catalysts for interdisciplinary learning and educational change.