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Introducing hands-on computing in secondary education

Feb 26, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Jadud)

"If a teacher wants to engage their students with extracurricular activities, or opportunities that do not casually slot into the standardized curriculum, they are talking about committing their own time to their students. In the world of open source, this should be familiar... the donation of time to a cause that matters to the individual. If that donation of time and effort isn't successful, it will still impact them negatively when it comes time for professional evaluation—even if it was a "donation." If the students or parents complain about the teacher's efforts, no one will care if they went "above and beyond," they will only care that things may have gone wrong.

"For these reasons it is absolutely critical that if you are going to offer to help a teacher with some educational activity that you are fully committed to supporting them throughout the exercise. This is not a patch that you fire off to a mailing list and hope someone picks up. It is not a ticket you leave languishing in a tracking system, wondering if someone might do something about it. You must be 110% along side the teacher from start to finish. And the reason for being there isn't because it makes things better for the teacher: you're there because it means a better educational experience for the students. Never, ever forget that."

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