Magazine article Technology & Learning

IT: Assume the Impossible Is Possible

Magazine article Technology & Learning

IT: Assume the Impossible Is Possible

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T&L advisor Terry Freedman suggests the following ways to enhance your IT program:

1 Make IT Unreal: Beginning with the assumption that the impossible is possible helps students to learn "computational thinking" and frees them to take risks, to consider the design stage more closely, and to have fun.

2 Get Local: Try to see your local area with new eyes, as if you were a tourist visiting for the first time. You may be pleasantly surprised to discover just how much is noteworthy from a computing or ICT point of view.

3 Involve Parents: It's well recognized that parental engagement is crucial. What parent resources do you have? Could one of your students' parents talk about technology in their career; teach a lesson on, for example, programming in the real world; arrange an exclusive visit; or provide materials?

4 Solve Real Problems: Spend some time brainstorming where students might find problems that technology could solve, identify whose problems these are, and analyze how technology might help. …

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