This week a precocious 14-year old immigrant Ahmed Mohamed wanted to impress his teachers with a clock he made at home. He built it into one of those pencil boxes you buy at a craft store that look like a small brief case. The teachers and school officials thought it looked suspicious and called the police. The police proceeded to arrest him as a terrorism … Continue reading I Stand With Ahmed
Last weekend, on May 2nd, I had an opportunity to come to Clarkson University and give an alumni address at the Clarkson School Class of 2015 Commencement. The best way to describe Clarkson School is that it is bridging year program where talented high school students get to leave high school a year or two earlier and attend first year of college at Clarkson University. … Continue reading The Clarkson School Class of 2015 Commencement
I wrote in January that computers might have become too complicated to be used effectively for teaching kids how to program. I learned how to program on a very simple computer that had BASIC as the only way to interact with it; even to load a game I had to know how to type in a command. As I look back at my early computer … Continue reading Thanking MIT Scratch
I learned computer programming on a Cold War era Soviet programmable calculator called Elektronika MK-61. It was a very simple device that used a four element calculation stack, a handful of registers, and programming it was very much like writing assembler code. It had a number of undocumented features that made simple games possible. It’s cousin MK-52 was used as an on board computer on … Continue reading Have computers become too complicated for teaching ?