Group Link Post 10/30/2016

  • I used to promote teaching K-8 computational thinking and coding because of the social justice issues around access to the language of power, economic opportunities, and a belief that learning CT enhances overall academic competencies for those likely to be challenged to succeed in schools..

    Now I’m an advocate for a different set of reasons that seem more preeminent. We need everyone to learn computational thinking because ethics and protecting the right to spirituality/secular humanist values seem to be what computers won’t be able to do better than humans. Therefore we better have humans who are ethically grounded, informed by the humanities, and competent to understand the implications of the computer software we create.

    This is a great watch list or podcast list to spur considerations of this urgent matter of the unregulated world of AI.

    Tags: ethics_in_the_information_age, AI, TED

  • The potential for reliably predicting the outcome of any change effort is surely difficult if not even impossible once the number of influences becomes large. Acknowledging the complexity that exists and seeing the potential for growth, creativity and innovation that can exist within an organisation at ‘the edge of chaos’ are useful strategies as schools face a period of unprecedented change. 

    Tags: complexity, change, Education, learning

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