hacking project-based learning

Audrey Watters shared Scott Gray’s post about Code Academy from which a discussion began about how programming should be best learnt and therefore taught.

I argued that self-paced learning and instruction only has a minor role in authentic learning at that modern technology makes project based learning possible for all learners, including novices.

While we see projects as starting with a blank canvas, attempting to re-create a known (by the teacher) solution to a known problem (valued by no one), we undervalue what modern technology makes possible. Modern technology makes it possible to easily build upon other people’s work, to pull it apart, improve it and learn from it.

Relevant, contextual, accurate and authentic.

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