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Comments on: Considering the Complexities of Learning to Code


Observation: trial and error as a form of ‘tinkering’

Learning to code via Dr. Resnick’s thinking of type/run/debug via tinkering is an interesting new(er) development as computing ‘time’ is viewed as an infinitely small part of the costs of development… that said, the computational thinking around and thorough planning and design (a 20th C idea) is not without merit, even for novices.  Perhaps tinkering styles come with less skilled facilitators/teachers vested with exposure to formal training and exposure to alternate modalities and approaches to computational thinking.

That said, writing is a form of tinkering, per Dr. Resnick’s line or reasoning, for most writers.

Second observation: Hour of Code

The initiative, while getting a lot of traction, seems to miss the unconnected/less connected communities it would most help; inner-city and rural due to lack of connectivity.  A recent observation from friends and writers:  college or post high school ambitions are often constricted by an internal and community paradigm.  Rural and inner-city students who are ‘schooled’ about their place and that leading colleges and universities, those that seed the power and wealthy institutions of business and government, also likely lack role models in computer sciences and computational thinking, though their lives are impacted by the same daily.


NECC 2007 Linking for Learning: Collaborative Project Work


Sprinting in, Nigel, did a nice job of calming the gathered attendees due to a little late start with grace and humor.

Nigel Quirke and Nigel Metcalf

Two projects were discussed. ( ). The Moodle LMS was used. The project has several positive outcomes, including gains by students in communication skills, writing skills and research skills. Teachers gained through this project technology skills, insights into appropriate uses of technology, and project based learning. The video showed other skills demonstrated and learned by the students, such as work skills from the type of activities, such as meeting time lines. I could see that this might be mirrored in other areas or even within cities of disparate socio-economic status or differing ethnic densities.

The second project, Dissolving Boundaries ( ), also used Moodle. The project chose Moodle as a reliable, secure and easy interface with many tools which faciliated international school connections. One for Northern Ireland University, Maynooth and University of Ulster focusing on difference in schools between the two regions as noted by student teachers. ( ). Multiple schools throughout Ireland were involved.

From a technical point, they modified to simply the interface for the project. Wiki’s and forums facilitate the collaboration needed between remote groups. Two users cannot edit the wiki page at the same time was acknowledged as a known limitation.

Video conferencing was also used. ISDN telephnony. ISDN bridging does cause some challenges. IP conferencing is future possibility. Interestingly, Northern Island has tight controls on IT and settings which needed to be negotiated.

Nice to hear the international perspective.


Welcome to Leadership 2.0 Blog


Welcome to this blog’s inaugural post.

What I hope to do over the course of several years is to develop further examples and strategies for the development of leadership for educational technology directors and coordinators, while still making the content permeable to others who work in the K-12 education field.

This is a good time to start this blog as it links to a presentation at NECC 2007 in Atlanta. Dr. Larry S. Anderson ( ) has kindly agreed to join me in the Monday morning, June 25th, lead off presentation. In this presentation, we hope to help leaders to recognize several important aspects of leadership development of self and of team. (

I also will be blogging during and after NECC.

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