Alan Kay, Lev Manovich, & Screenshot of Turtle Blocks

Throughout the introduction to Alan Kay’s Universal Media Machines, Lev Manovich reveals Kay’s technological advancements and concept of the remediation machines. In spite of the dispute between recycling old media and creating the new, he portrays that the simplest additions in technology represent multidimensional developments. “Although Sutherland, Engelbart, Nelson, Kay, and others developed computational media on top of already existing developments in computational theory, programming languages, and computer engineering, it will be incorrect to conceive the history of such influences as only going in one direction” (5). A wonderful example of this is how digital media “remediates” its predecessors (6). In order for an image to be communicated with the world, it must be shared on platforms that deviate from the original creator. We can translate this theory within our modern financial world, or as early as 1498, when Michelangelo created the Pieta. Although his interpretation of the image is the most well-known, his isn’t the first. Therefore, rather than only looking at the “output” of software-based cultural practices, we need to consider software itself – since it allows people to work with media in of a number of historically unprecedented ways” (15).

            In regards to education,  I find that we take the creation behind tutoring websites, core subject games, and online art projects for granted. It has become so simple to advise students to click a mouse to receive an end result. The Sketchpad, on the other hand, provides a drawing or image once a mathematical calculation is determined by the learner. In addition, as more schools provide technological resources and computers across the nation, students are typing/submitting writing online, which automatically implements spell/grammar checks. In my own experience teaching high school students, I’ve found that they have forgotten how to spell, and writing free-hand takes them twice as long.

Finally, in Kay’s Tedtalk, his reference to the Talmud’s words resonated with me: “We see things not as they are but as we are.” It is so simple, but so true. Obviously, our perceptions are all shaped by our experiences. Because of this, our visions are, in a way, always incorrect.

Below, I tried to create waves in the ocean but the best I could do were some bubbles. 

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Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2019

Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2019

Here is the online home for CS for Teachers at Pace University for Spring 2019.

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