What Children Want to Know About Computers by Judy Robertson

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I think the questions raised by Prof. Judy Robertson on her ACM blog is valid, and very interesting:

There’s a mismatch between what we teach children about computing at school and what they want to know. More than a decade ago computer science educators coined the phrase computational thinking to refer to the unique cleverness of the way computer scientists approach problem solving. “Our thinking is based on abstraction, decomposition, generalization, and pattern matching” …

When visiting a series of eight primary school classrooms recently, I talked to children (aged 5 -12 years old) about how computers work. They drew pictures of what they thought is inside a computer, and then we discussed the drawings as a class. Many of the children knew the names of the components within a computer: a chip, memory, a disc, and they were often insistent that there should be a fan in there. They knew that there would be wires inside, and that it would need a battery to make it work. The child who created drawing 1 has made a nice job of piecing together a possible design from what they knew about computers – can you spot what is missing though? …

Children are currently piecing together their everyday experiences with technology with facts that adults tell them to try to make sense of how computers work. This can lead to some confusion, particularly if the adults in their lives are also unsure.

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Happy 2018

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It’s been about 7 years since I started to write about my fatherhood experience in this blog. Time flies when you’re busy with two kids, and brings you a lot of reasons to celebrate. I wish a happy new 2018 to all the fathers, mothers, and children out there.

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A new year, a new calendar

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It is time to put a new calendar on my desk featuring some recent shots of Arman from last year.

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Now that Arman is 1.5 years old, it is unbelievable how time has passed so quickly. Never before had I such personal calendars on my desk, and now I started to think about having a nice collection of them. Thanks to my beloved ones who are the initiator and subject of those items, I think I will be able to achieve this objective 😉

Welcome Arman!

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Welcome Arman! It’s nice to meet you in person 😉

Arman: hello, world

Arman: hello, world

Hello world!

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I’m a 35-year old father candidate who moved to another country recently. This blog will record my thoughts and adventures in the strange land of fatherhood. I will be sharing interesting links, book reviews, videos, ideas and tips mainly related to parenting. I don’t know how it’s going to look like in a few years, just like I don’t know how my soon-to-be-born kid will look like then. In a sense this blog will grow in a more or less organic manner; it will be a kind of digital witness to my growth as a father. I expect this to be an exciting journey into the unknown territories of fatherhood, a strange a foreign land to me.

Please feel free to share your feedback related to parenting, psychology and cognitive science of child development and last but not the least raising multilingual children.

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