May 03, 2004

Liz lawley on Teaching New Technologies

Nice post at Liz's mamamusings::

http://mamamusings.net/archives/2004/05/03/teaching_new_technologies.php

I enjoy Liz's stuff a lot. This one I particularly liked.

As a fella who someday would like to teach, this bit was interesting:

The future, I think, is to let go of the traditional approach of teaching how to do things in a specific language, and instead offer a more studio-like environment in which students are given access to resources and tools, and then work on developing a project. (We teach most of our classes in “studio mode,” but in most cases they’re far from real studio approaches—they’re lectures with occasional hands-on exercises.) Surprisingly, it’s the students who are often most resistant to this mode of teaching—we’ve successfully conditioned them to see school as a series of core dumps, and switching gears into a more user-directed model often generates resentment and confusion rather than enthusiasm and creativity.

Posted by Michael at May 3, 2004 02:57 PM
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