Lifelong computer skills
By Murray Bourne, 27 Feb 2007
Jakob Nielsen's latest Alertbox is about teaching kids the right computer skills.
There is some value in teaching kids skills they can apply immediately, while they're still in school, but there's more value in teaching them deeper concepts that will benefit them forever, regardless of changes in specific applications.
...we should teach students how to write hypertext and not how just to write printed documents.
So why do so many educators resist learning hypertext themselves?
The article concludes by talking about 3 problems that cannot be "offshored" (is that a word yet?) or automated:
problem solving, understanding the relation between concepts, and interpersonal communication
I agree with that, especially the problem solving part. That's where humans will win over machines for some time yet.
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