Dear & Rankin

a. What did you learn about the history of CS from these two authors?

I learned about the different controversies that women face in media representations. Also, the misrepresentation that technology are created by “white guys”. I learned that these authors had differences in how they saw PLATO affect the world, but also two people with one goal. She implied that women were seen as a liability in the computing world. She spoke of heterosexual power in the computing world. However, she does admit that in modern day life have more and better access to computing. Also, she states that computers are more of a public good now. Computers are even cheaper now than the smartphones. Brian Dear stated that we don’t know how good we have it now. When it came to PLATO resources were scarce and now there are an abundance of resources to help with computing.

b. What, if anything, surprised you about what you learned? I was surprised when Brian Dear spoke about how smartphones used to have more ram and memory on it, then a computer up until about the 1970’s. I was surprised but not really surprised that companies do not really care about how much programming and computing skills are not a priority but rather just another popular product to sell. I also liked that Dr Rankin began to explore the idea that there are not just issues with computing in the United States but that authors and historians all over the world are bringing these things to light and kinda try to see how we want our digital age to look in the future. Another thing I found interesting was that in a developing environment people had to write down their information and then try to figure out where the bug was. This was a big part of how computers came into fruition.

c. What are you taking away from their debate?

I think the main thing I am receiving from both authors is that we as a people have to think about here we want our digital world to go? This idea of “Computing citizenship” is extremely important because it goes back to our last week’s readings about how people don’t truly know the abilities of the computer if we do not explore them for ourselves. There is still so much to come within our new digital age. There is really no limits to how far computing can go because we have access to so many resources now, and now computing is becoming a necessary skill.


I think it is important that students become educated and aware of how the technology revolution has become so advanced. It is just as important for them to have access and be able to use these tools to develop computing skills. I also think schools should continue to implement courses like programming, or hacking, computer science and all the different forms of tech teachings there are. We have began to move forward in our digital age by doing this, and this is how we got geniuses like Bill Gates and more to make special advancements in the world and become a powerhouse technology company.

The usage of technology in classrooms will contribute to this ongoing digital age because students’ will develop much needed practice and skills, even older adults are too. These skills are needed for jobs that people do not want or qualify for. These skills are needed because there is a transition being made as we speak on how many different ways to do things and at least one of those ways requires the use of technology to do it. Allowing students to be independent researchers and developing these skills will enable them to have that sense of “computing citizenship” we read about.

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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