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Maybe we should leave that up to the computer ny times july 18 2006
Maybe We Should Leave That Up to the Computer – NY Times July 18, 2006

  • Mark E. Nissen, a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., who has been studying computer-vs.-human procurement, sees a fundamental shift under way, with humans becoming increasingly peripheral in making routine decisions, concentrating instead on designing ever-better models.

  • “The newest space, and the one that’s most exciting, is where machines are actually in charge, but they have enough awareness to seek out people to help them when they get stuck,” he said — for example, when making “particularly complex, novel, or risky” decisions.

  • The ideal future, then, may lie in letting computers and people each do what they do best. One way to facilitate this development is to train people to identify the typical cognitive foibles that lead to bad choices. “I’ve now worked with these models for so long,” Mr. Snijders said, “that my instincts have changed along the way.”

  • As Mr. Bishop of Northern Illinois University puts it, by making smart use of computer models’ advantages, “you’ll become like the crafty A student who doesn’t work that hard but gets mostly right answers, rather than the really hard-working student who gets lots of wrong answers and as a result gets C’s.”

What's New 2006

Agenda July 18, 2006

  • Cause you to reexamine your assumptions

  • Work interactively on what we think

  • Learn what you think

What's New 2006

Position i student laptops are unnecessary
Position I: Student Laptops are Unnecessary July 18, 2006

  • Too expensive and too complicated to maintain

  • Distractions in the classroom and lead to attention loss

  • Kids use computers too much at home—school should be a haven from computers

  • Schools educate kids best with face-to-face interactions, not face-to-screen

  • Laptops don’t address a problem or need in most schools

  • Several schools have started 1:1 programs, only to stop them

  • Academic research has not proven clear benefits from 1:1 laptops

What's New 2006

Position ii student laptops are inevitable
Position II: Student Laptops Are Inevitable July 18, 2006

  • Used to cost over $2000. Now can be had for less than $1000.

  • Cost difference between laptops and desktops is incremental, but laptops can be used more frequently than desktops

  • In the coming years, laptops will become even less expensive, or laptop alternatives (small phone/tablet hybrids) will become commonplace and relatively inexpensive ($500)

  • Reliability and support improving

  • Increasing numbers of private and public colleges and universities are requiring laptops

  • As more kids have laptops at home, how does a school argue that “no laptops are allowed or needed”?

What's New 2006

Position iii part 1 student laptops are essential
Position III – Part 1: Student Laptops Are Essential July 18, 2006

  • High percentages of independent school Middle School and Upper School students have problems with organization

  • Higher expectations for tracking their work, deadlines and commitments.

  • A fair percentage of these students can be helped by the “all-in-one-place” benefits of laptops, easy access to online course pages, combined calendars, and other resources

  • The communications benefits of individual laptops may equal or exceed the productivity benefits

What's New 2006

Position iii part 2 student laptops are essential
Position III – Part 2: Student Laptops Are Essential July 18, 2006

  • Teachers have always had to adjust classroom management techniques for different generations of kids. Why would technology necessitate a “locking of techniques” that pretends that current and future generations don’t use computers?

  • If the kids, teachers and school are going to evolve and move forward on multiple fronts (organization, communications, productivity, classroom management, student-centered learning), then student laptops are essential

  • Laptops can help overcome equity of access for students of different economic backgrounds (when schools provide low or no cost laptops to financial aid students that are the same as everyone else’s laptops)

  • 1:1 laptops can ensure equity of access for boys and girls, especially during the critical middle school years.

What's New 2006

Why do i believe this is essential
Why Do I Believe This Is Essential July 18, 2006

  • Tools of their time

    • Don’t teach harness making when tractors are cheap

  • Meet the students where they are

    • How many teachers have a MySpace?

  • It’s the rebirth of the 14th Century

    • Sort of

What's New 2006

What are the liberal arts
What are the Liberal Arts? July 18, 2006

  • Liberal from Latin liberalis – appropriate for free men

  • The Big 4 – the Quadrivium

  • The Smaller 3 – the Trivium

What's New 2006

The quadrivium
The Quadrivium July 18, 2006

  • Arithmetic

  • Geometry

  • Music

  • Astronomy

What's New 2006

The trivium
The Trivium July 18, 2006

  • Grammar

  • Rhetoric

  • Logic

What's New 2006

3 domains of the new trivium
3 Domains of the New Trivium July 18, 2006


Information Literacy


Computer Science


Information Technology

What's New 2006

Information literacy 21 st century grammar
Information Literacy – 21 July 18, 2006st Century Grammar

  • Information Literacy

    • Incorporates Media Literacy

    • Listen to Dave Warlick

What's New 2006

Computer science 21 st century logic
Computer Science – 21 July 18, 2006st Century Logic

  • Algorithmic Thinking

  • How tools are designed and deployed

  • Return of what was lost in the 1950’s & 1960’s

What's New 2006

Information technology 21 st century rhetoric
Information Technology – 21 July 18, 2006st Century Rhetoric

  • Laptop one example of a generic tool

  • Use technology as a tool

What's New 2006

3 domains of tech fluency
3 Domains of Tech Fluency July 18, 2006

Problem Solving





Information Literacy

Computer Science



What's New 2006

My goal
My goal July 18, 2006

  • Independently confident of their ability to:

    • Determine what they need to accomplish

    • Choose the right tool

    • Learn how to use the tool

    • Accomplish the goal

What's New 2006