Computer Science Institute Critique 2007
I will begin with the Program Outline . It states:
The Institute will consist of lectures and demonstrations, including hands-on computer laboratories, together with discussion periods aimed at exploring computing technology and its impact on education, both inside and outside the classroom.
This goal is a great one, but I do not believe that is was achieved. There really wasn’t anytime to discuss the talks and some were not interactive. The teachers did take part in blackboard, but they were not able to read what each other wrote. Also, their posts were never discussed. I believe if there was more discussion the teachers would have been able to talk about important things, such as, classroom applications.
It also felt as though some of the speakers were disconnected from the teachers; almost as though they did not know who their audience was. This was not the case for everyone and there were fun, interactive activities, but the few that did not connect with the teachers really made a difference. Along those lines, I don’t see how this Institute “helped teachers escape”. I don’t understand this idea and based on the teachers who took part in this Institute, I’m not sure if they saw it as an “escape” either.
I thought that the main idea of all the Institute talks were good. They seemed to aim at informing the teachers of different programs and ideas in hope that they would help them understand the difference between computers and computing. In this way, I do believe the Program Outline was addressed.
I would argue that this institute would have been more successful if it was broken up more; two weeks instead of one. If it was presented in this way there would have been time to dedicate to discussion and applications. This would have also let room for feedback.