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Tomorrow's Learners Today Brain Gain Session May 9, 2006 Kevin Driscoll Prospect Hill Academy Charter School. Tomorrow's Learners Today: Overview. 0. Who am I? 1. MySpace is good for kids 2. Plagiarism in a cut'n'paste culture 3. Leveraging technology vs. privelege

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Tomorrow s learners today brain gain session may 9 2006 kevin driscoll

Tomorrow's Learners Today

Brain Gain Session

May 9, 2006

Kevin Driscoll

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School


Tomorrow s learners today brain gain session may 9 2006 kevin driscoll

Tomorrow's Learners Today: Overview

0. Who am I?

1. MySpace is good for kids

2. Plagiarism in a cut'n'paste culture

3. Leveraging technology vs. privelege

4. What's next?


Tomorrow s learners today brain gain session may 9 2006 kevin driscoll

Tomorrow's Learners Today: Looking at PHA

  • PHA's “Upper” School is grades 6 – 12

  • Computer Science is required for 6 – 9

  • Advanced CS is an elective for 10 – 12

  • Highly diverse (ethnicity and income)

  • Many first generation Americans


Tomorrow s learners today brain gain session may 9 2006 kevin driscoll

Tomorrow's Learners Today: MySpace

  • Meta-social environment, parallel ecosystem

  • Integral to high school social lives

  • More common than IM or email


Tomorrow s learners today brain gain session may 9 2006 kevin driscoll

Tomorrow's Learners Today: MySpace

  • Building identity

  • Developmentally appropriate

  • Absolute control of one's appearance

  • Experimentation, exploration

  • Existential need fulfilled


Tomorrow s learners today brain gain session may 9 2006 kevin driscoll

Tomorrow's Learners Today: Originality?

  • Fundamentally different understanding

  • Hip-hop and punk as pop appropriation

  • Cut'n'paste is powerful!

  • “Someone else said it better.”


Tomorrow s learners today brain gain session may 9 2006 kevin driscoll

Tomorrow's Learners Today: Empowerment

  • Many PHA students without PCs, Internet

  • Barriers to access / institutions of power

  • Private information perpetuates privilege

  • Control over one's expression via text

  • Educate a student = empower a family


Tomorrow s learners today brain gain session may 9 2006 kevin driscoll

Tomorrow's Learners Today: What's next?

  • When does CS stop being Science?

  • Supporting parents, training teachers

  • Spending our money effectively


Tomorrow s learners today brain gain session may 9 2006 kevin driscoll

Thank you!

http://kevindriscoll.info/

driscollkevin@gmail.com


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