Internet: Fundamental Concepts

October 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Last week they worked on completing their science simulations. I had shown them sample simulations from Georgia Tech. Early this week they presented it to the class. Each pair had to answer three essential questions while presenting:

  • What is the Key concept you are presenting?
  • What is the big question?
  • What is the answer?

Then the students reflected on Scratch as a programming language and they decided that they liked it, but unfortunately that was the end of Scratch for us. This week we started working on the “Internet” section of the course. The students certainly seem to be interested in it too. We are working on web browsing, cookies and search engines.

We discussed the idea that the Internet has multiple layers of abstraction and we again asked a question that we have gone over multiple times “what is abstraction?” Next week we will ask ourselves what do we mean when we say that the Internet has multiple layers of abstraction? We are using Piazza to discuss these questions along with ideas in the book Technology Matters. Right now we are focusing on the chapter “Work: More or Less? Better or Worse?” I like the fact that students are responding to each other constructively.

Sample Simulations from Georgia Tech:  http://ice-web.cc.gatech.edu/dl/?q=node/15

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