One of the great things about technology is its potential to do almost anything – sometimes outside the boundaries of what it was designed for. It’s at the core of what we do, and we generally perform better when we’re aware of its limits and where they can be pushed.
Teachers are all about harnessing potential and with every new school year, they solve the riddle of what makes a child tick and what they can do differently to cater to a student’s needs.
Technology is one of many tools they have to engage their students, and this week we’re hosting a group of teachers from across the country to hear how they’re using tech in the class room. It’s all part of the company’s Innovative Education Forum, which gives teachers the opportunity to share their ideas with one another. (You can follow their presentations on Twitter, using the hash tag #MSFTPIL.)
I had a chance to read descriptions of the entries and some of the ideas almost make me wish I was back in school. One that really stood out was from Doug Bergman, a high school teacher in South Carolina. There are a few things that I especially liked about Doug’s class:
According to Doug, one of the biggest strengths of his class is its focus on experimentation. He says that “If you have some software code on your screen, you’re going to compile it 35 times during class until you get that one success. I think that’s what computer science is all about, this iterative process of experiment, failure, learning and modification. So the students get used to that it’s ok to not ‘get it’ every time, that it’s ok to have these mini failures until they get that one success.”
Valuable lessons for any career
A son to be proud of. Nice to have a insight to his thoughts on teaching and his motivation. His students are the lucky ones. What an education they are getting.
good for you Carole and Dick :)