|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] NYLUG Presents: 5/18 @ 6:30PM Cameron L. Fadjo
|seems very interesting
On 04/28/2011 10:45 AM, Ron Guerin wrote:
> Wednesday, May 18, 2011
> 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
> P.S. 9 Sarah Anderson
> 100 West 84th Street, New York, NY 10024
> West 84th Street and Columbus Avenue
> *** RSVP Closes at 4:30 PM the day of the meeting (sharp!) ***
> Please RSVP for EVERY meeting at this time.
> Register at http://rsvp.nylug.org/
> Cameron L. Fadjo
> - on -
> Construct, Program, Design: Exploring Scratch From
> the Perspective of Computational Thinking and Cognition
> Scratch is a programming environment that makes it easy to create
> interactive media, such as games, stories, and simulations -- and share
> those creations online. With an extensive online community of over 730,000
> registered members and over 250,000 unique contributors to the vast online
> resource of projects to share and explore, Scratch, and its online
> community, is continuing to grow and thrive as programming and designing
> become more social.
> Simultaneously, Scratch is also increasing the amount of exposure younger
> children have to programming. How can this increased exposure to Scratch
> lead to improvements in learning of core computing concepts? How is Scratch
> being used to extend and explore Computational Thinking (CT)? What,
> exactly, is CT and how can Scratch support the various skills associated
> with CT?
> This presentation will provide a general overview of Scratch; explore some
> of the nascent ideas associated with Computational Thinking; and present
> findings from Cameron's research with the Institute for Learning
> Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University on using Scratch to
> develop particular CT skills among young learners. He will also share some
> insights into his newest project related to developing reading and writing
> skills with computer code with Scratch, called Code Literacy.
> More Information:
> * Scratch
> * Scratch on Linux (.debs, .rpms, and source code)
> * Scratch for Educators
> * Columbia\'s Institute for Learning Technologies
> * Cameron Fadjo\'s page with his publications
> About Cameron L. Fadjo:
> Cameron L. Fadjo is a PhD student in Cognitive Studies in Education and a
> Research Associate with the Institute for Learning Technologies, both at
> Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds two master’s degrees, one
> in Instructional Technology and Media and the other in Educational
> Psychology: Cognitive, Behavioral, and Developmental Analysis, from
> Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.M. in Music Synthesis from
> Berklee College of Music. He is currently the Project Leader of the iWorld
> (Imaginary World) project which examines the use of grounded embodied
> cognition and Imaginary World Construction to teach abstract mathematical
> and computational concepts and the DM-S3 (Direct Manipulation of Stories,
> Systems, and Symbols) project which examines how gestural interfaces can be
> used to improve understanding of novel terminology and complex systems.
> His research interests include action, perception, and imagery, in
> particular grounded embodied cognition, gestures and Imaginary Worlds, and
> their implementation through technology to improve learning, memory, and
> understanding of abstract concepts and/or complex systems.
> Meeting Location:
> Please note that this meeting will be held at P.S. 9 Sarah Anderson
> which is on West 84th Street and Columbus Avenue, and not at IBM.
> Swag (Give Away):
> During/after the meeting... unusually terrific swag may be given
> After the meeting ... You may wish to join up with other NYLUGgers
> for drinks and pub food. This month we'll be over at House of Brews
> (302 West 51st St. - 8th Ave), but we are also evaluating other
> options for the future and welcome your suggestions.
> Directions from IBM: http://goo.gl/VUdO1
> Coding Workshops/Hacking Society:
> This is a group of people that wants to learn about and work on coding
> in Python, Smalltalk, Ruby, C++, LaTeX, and other languages, and hack on code.
> There will also be help given for those who wish to install Linux for the
> first time.
> Hardware hacking projects are also welcome.
> Sometimes they go out to eat afterward.
> Bring something to show off and discuss!
> The workshops meet every other Tuesday, at the NY Public Library,
> Hudson Park Branch. 66 Leroy St. NY NY from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
> Next meetings are May 10, and May 24.
> See the calendar at: http://nylug.org/hackcalendar
> Please see our home page at http://www.nylug.org for the HTMLized
> version of this announcement, our archives, and a lot of other good