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Read This Now!

I love using principalaim to highlight an educational perspective that I share or that I am wrestling with. Today’s “Read This Now!” features an insightful TED Talk from Mitch Resnick of the MIT Media Lab. The basis of Resnick’s 2012 TED Talk is simple: he believes “coding isn’t just for computer whizzes” and (more importantly) the “skills people gain as they learn to code are transferable.” As I listened to Resnick’s talk, this statement resonated with me because it is imperative that we find ways to teach skills that can be used in every area of a student’s life.

Resnick’s TED Talk also got my attention when he questioned whether “young people’s exposure to new technology truly means they are fluent in new technology.” Resnick believes young people’s “comfort level and familiarity with browsing, chatting, texting, and gaming does not mean they are fluent.” This statement was like music to my ears because I want to use my students’ interest in new technology to help them do more than simply “interact” with a friend via text message. If we are going to change curriculum in order to make technology an integral part of what we teach, I want to make sure students are using technology that moves them from passive to active use.

Why is learning to code a good idea? It is a good idea because learning to code is one more way that we can “provide opportunities for learning.” Ultimately, for me, this is not a push to just teach coding. What it is, however, is a push to look for lots of opportunities to help students learn “to collaborate,” “to be persistent,” and “to persevere “ when life gets tough. If tapping into a student’s love of coding helps accomplish this goal then I believe that is a win for us. Resnick seems to understand we have to utilize the resources that we have to inspire and motivate young people. I say let’s take advantage of coding and any other new technology out there to provide additional opportunities for students to learn.  tlb

Click here or check out July 10 post for Mitch Resnick’s TED Talk. Thanks tlb

Click here or check out February 8 post for L. Todd Rose’s TED Talk. Thanks tlb

Click here or check out January 5 post for Liz Ryan’s blog post. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out December 23 post for Daniel Pink’s Animate YouTube talk. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out November 17 post for Sherry Turkle’s TED Talk. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my October 20 post in order to get the link to Daniel Goleman’s blog. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my September 28 post in order to get the link to Sir Ken’s TED Talk. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my September 22 post in order to get the link to Caroline’s TED Talk. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my September 11 post in order to get the link to Jake’s TED Talk. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my August 22 post in order to get the link to Timothy’s blog, Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my August 16 post in order to get the link to Homa’s blog, Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my August 7 post in order to get the link to David’s blog. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my July 30 post in order to get the link to the article. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my July 26 post in order to get the link to the video. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my July 18 post in order to get the link to the article from Edutopia. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my July 8 post in order to get the link to the article from Connected Principals. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my July 1 post in order to get the link to the article from Forbes.com. Thanks! tlb

Click here or check out my June 19 post in order to get the link to the article from Edutopia.  Thanks!  tlb

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