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Posted on October 11, 2012

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I didn’t click on the link when it was online… I resisted.   However,  featured on the back of my hard copy “Education Week” is an article by Salman Khan.   He has so many lovely, flowing words about his site and technology.

“The team here at Khan Academy has been actively working with incredible researchers and teacher — several of whom are staff members — to explore how we can leverage technology to create deeper classroom experiences.”

He reminds me of politicians, thank you… lots of nice words but please, please don’t look too closely at the actual stuff we’re talking about. He’s got the odd caveat here and there and of course he says tech won’t replace teachers, but one might believe he had a site that used good pedagogical practices and had been edited for errors if one didn’t know better, and sadly… lots of people don’t.

Back to my world, though — note to self: it’s probably useless to try to do javascript at school. It certainly has been a complete and total bust today, and I’m just doing exactly the same thing as a homework assignment.

My “final project” for this class (at least at this point) will be a place where students can input a base and an exponent, and “submit” it, and then they will get to see that operation happen before their eyes.  Per http://worrydream.com/LearnableProgramming/ I recognize that that has limited value, so I *really* want to then proceed to the next level, where the user enters, or is given, a base and an exponent… and has to, say, drag the semi-concrete symbolic entities over to show multiplying 3 x 3 x 3 (or at least identify it, but methinks building is better than guessing on the worst day).

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