[Offtopic] Workshop: Conceptual Understanding of Computing
Dr Paul Chandler
paul.chandler at YVG.vic.edu.au
Thu Jun 28 16:00:46 EST 2007
Hello Colleagues (an apologies for cross-posting)
During 1996, I circulated a few e-mail on this lists related to
"conceptual understandings of computing". As a following stage in my
thinking through the ideas, I presented at the VITTA Conference in 2006
on this. After introducing the general thrust of what I meant by this
(of which this site is a summary: http://pdchandler.wikispaces.com/),
those of us who were there spent a few moments starting to investigate
the "big ideas" which are present within an apparently simple topic such
as "logging in"; we used a grid similar to
Between now and the VITTA conference, I would like to organise one or
more "workshops" to flesh out some of the "big ideas" related to IC
topics, and present an update at the conference.
This e-mail is basically to garner some interest in a workshop.
This is the sort of thing that I am thinking of: 6 to 8 ICT teachers
sitting down over a large piece of butcher's paper (or some IT
equivalent :-) ) brainstorming and sharing ideas for maybe 2 hours or
so. Certainly not me pontificating - very interactive. At the VITTA
conference, we found that in the 20 minutes or so that we had for this
activity, there were too many ideas and insufficient time, but it was
certainly one of the best discussions that I have been part of.
So, if you are willing and interested in being part of a "workshop",
could you please let me know? I have no preconceived ideas of location,
day of the week etc at this stage, but would co-ordinate a time with
interested folk. I'm hoping to get something together in the first half
of term 3.
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