Educators say the transition from notebook to Macbook will help students excel. “Whether it’s a Mac or a PC, that’s not the point. It’s getting equipment in the students’ hands to help them learn,” Hofer said.
Hands-on creation could revitalize STEM learning
Some technology experts, such as MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty and Pixar’s Tony DeRose, are promoting hands-on learning through the practice of making things as a method for revitalizing education, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
DeRose has created a program to involve children in “technologically sophisticated projects,” according to this article, and both DeRose and Dougherty are developing the principles needed to create a curriculum based on the maker ethic. “Exhibition instead of competition. Child-driven. Open-ended. Multidisciplinary,” DeRose said. TheAtlantic.com
When devising ways to beat school policing software, students showed an exemplary capacity for self-directed learning. Too bad that capacity didn’t expand in academic directions, too.
I don’t know that we ever teach kids how to fail and how to continue from that point,” she said.