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Roland Gesthuizen
Works at Victorian Department of Education Employment and Training
Lives in Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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It isn't about making kids think like computers. The term computational thinking was first used in 1996 by notable educator Seymour Papert. It can be used to algorithmically solve complicated problems of scale and realise large improvements in efficiency. It is gaining ground in #STEM education and the maker-culture were it is applied to real-world problem solving. Think of it as analysing and organising data, designing models and simulations, using computers to solve problems then testing possible solutions, automating solutions via algorithmic thinking then applying this process to other problems.

For one of my classes, we used a computer game engine to model traffic flow along a road way and modelled the effect of speed restriction changes. We went on to explore how climate models work to help predict climate change, how aid agencies use #bigdata to help target resources during national disasters, using 3D printers, robotics etc.

This is real world stuff that leverages the best out of human creativity and innovation by putting students in charge of technology. Of course, if you really want to make kids think like computers, then teach them just by direct instruction, add some banal worksheets and a final exam to prepare your programmed worker bees for life in ye olde factory.
<p>Each pass through the sorter put just one digit in order. Sorting by one letter required two passes. So, completely sorting by a 20-character name field required that all the cards pass through the machine 40 times.</p>
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Great learnIng, even have some photographs of the connections being made. It all came together with a VicRoads talk and excursion.
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Fascinating science behind colours
This isn't another story about that dress, rather it's about the way that humans see the world.
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Fascinating science behind colours.
This isn't another story about that dress, rather it's about the way that humans see the world.
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I spotted in this YouTube parody video that +Amanda Rablin was also wearing her ISTE MakeIT Happen jacket from the presentation at the evening before. Bravo :-)
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Unintentional promo for wrist braces... and I'm still surprised I didn't run into anything.
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The language of remembrance and #ANZACDay
This Anzac Day the words "lest we forget" will often be spoken. It's a usage that we don't otherwise hear. Why do linguistic fossils such as "lest we forget" linger – and how do they help us remember the fallen?
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+Chris Urmson @chris_urmson with great visualisations at @tedtalks "How a driverless car sees the road" 
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.
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Checking out the program at #DIGICON  conference event this year by +DLT Victoria .. only a couple more weeks to go.
 
Get ready for ‪#‎DigiCon15‬ Download the mobile app now http://my.yapp.us/DIGICON15  
Download "DLTV Annual Conference", a mobile app created with Yapp.
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+Eric Mazur is a wonderful educator and speaker that I was privileged to hear and meet at #edutechau  in Brisbane last month. I was interested to hear about his different assessment strategies and questions about what we are really trying to achieve in our classrooms.
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A review of some apps for students to record audio interviews. I like the one that has question prompts.
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I'm surprised by friends that get sucked into click bait and social media trolling. Here was what they can do instead.
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Similar to how I use @Evernote as a #productivity tool in my classroom
Evernote is one of the greatest productivity tools available today. Learn how to get started with Evernote and become a master of productivity!
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Leading ICT and Science teacher at a secondary school in Melbourne, Australia. On a rambling quest to split the byte and rejoin Pangaea. Loved being part of #CSIROTweetup to track the NASA Mars Mission Rover. Also host of the #ACCELN Hangout series of online shows with my co-host Amanda Rablin.
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Survived a trip around the world with my wife and three children.
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  • Victorian Department of Education Employment and Training
    Learning Technology Coordinator and Leading Teacher, 1990 - present
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Computer Science 101
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Perhaps the most beautiful post office on Australia. Take a peek inside
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Great team of volunteers and staff who take sustainability seriously. They recycle computer scrap and rebuild from this scrap or surplus parts to reuse. It is good to see the effort they put into rebuilding old systems to give to needy local community groups. A great and worthy community initiative.
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Reported by new owner that McLean Stairs has gone out of business. New factory owner still makes stairs.
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Maker of fine staircases located in Knox. They were able to pass reviewer onto another builder for different work.
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