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Comment Re: The "hour" or "week" thing is flawed. (Score 1) 88

Any sign that it's working? If they only offer that one hour per year what do they do next? With no followup the kids will be teased with something they can't do in their school. The old line about kids asking about math - "Will we ever use this?" is mild compared to "Hey kids! Here's something you could use to make six figures and change the world! Now, run along. We'll give you "what most schools offer" - nothing - plus another hour of it a year from now!" As for teachers, when the first teacher nets were rolled out decades ago, TENet being one of the most robust first ones, they found that most of the teachers went online and average of 20 min a day in the first year, and it was mostly from home - as they didn't have 20 minutes to spare inside the school day. The idea that teachers will somehow find a way to shoehorn meaningful tech learning into their classrooms without standards or curriculum is not a reliable path forward.

Comment The "hour" or "week" thing is flawed. (Score 3, Insightful) 88

It's like having "book hour" or "music hour" once a year. At our school the kids get 2 periods per week for tech (straight coding, sure, or movie making, or web, or animation or embedding code into robotics, or Arduino or AR or etc...) and then can articulate that with other subjects. One hour is barely even inspiring, especially if there is not a structure to keep it going, and in this case history repeats: IIRC Seymour Papert said having a computer in every classroom back in the 80s was like having one piece of toilet paper in each room of your house. It's not hurting anything per se but it's a lot more useful if brought together in the right time and place.

Comment A great guy. (Score 4, Interesting) 68

Not just LOGO but a culture of rich, gentle and welcoming education involving technology. And wonderful to work with. I recently dusted off a copy of logo to put out for a tool in enrichment. The kids still took to it like ducks to water. Thank you Seymour (and Mitch, and Steve and the rest of the lab) for bringing smiles to people learning to think through code.

Comment As a beta tester for AppleLink PE... (Score 2) 135

which eventually became AOL, we were routinely sent CDs with patches on them. Eventually we got the CDs that would patch our beta releases to become public release apps. As beta testers the service was charged at half price. Almost a year into the public release, I got a phone call from Steve, the boss at Quantum, letting me know that the one thing they forgot to patch in the upgrade CDs was the switch to full price. So would you please cut us a check for everything you paid us already for the past year.? Um, no... by the way how many users did this affect? We're not sure. Dozens? Well yeah. Hundreds? Yeah. Thousands? Look, that's not the important part. I believe I offered to pay double the monthly bill until I was caught up. Never heard back, next release placed us at full charges. I bailed once it was AOL, and it was back to Delphi and The WELL.

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