๐Ÿ’ฌ Coding is not โ€˜funโ€™, itโ€™s technically and ethically complex

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Kids in school can have this sort of fun too, perhaps helping in maths and in skills like problem solving, working together and practical skills. Scratch and micro:bits can be a a lot of fun in a primary classroom.

John, I enjoyed Vannini’s push back on coding. It reminded me in part how Seymour Papert put it, that coding is ‘hard fun’:

How do we make writing become hard fun? One way is to develop for kids “writable” activities that they love to do. The building of robotic devices acquires “writability” because it lends itself to stage-by-stage description. Its writability is further enhanced by the use of word processors and digital cameras. But beyond technology there is the attitude in the learning culture. An example of what I mean was brought up by a teacher who objected to the idea that children should be allowed to write about what they liked. “When they go to work they’ll have to do what they are told.” Therein lies a source of many kids’ failure in reading. Of course we should teach children the skill of self-control needed to carry out orders. But mixing up learning that skill with learning to write defeats both purposes.

One response on “๐Ÿ’ฌ Coding is not โ€˜funโ€™, itโ€™s technically and ethically complex”

  1. Aaron, This separation of skills taught from self control, is a lesson Iโ€™m learning again this session. Writing after a good stimulus, and robot for example or free writing can lead to great results.

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