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IEEE Computer Volume 16 Number 1 -- THE OPEN CHANNEL

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Original Publication Date: 1983-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Document File: 3 page(s) / 19K

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Software Patent Institute

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Charles McCabe: AUTHOR [+3]

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THE OPEN CHANNEL

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THE OPEN CHANNEL

Charles McCabe

San Francisco Chronicle

"Any clod can have the facts but having opinions is an art.,

Teachers need help, too

For several decades now, the IEEE Computer Society has been the leading professional organization for computer users, mainly scientists and engineers. The exchange of ideas and dissemination of information over the years has allowed the society to accumulate a wealth of expertise in hardware, software, applications, and the development of computer science and electrical engineering curricula.

Today the impact of microcomputer development has produced a new group of nontechnical professionals -- namely, teachers. Computers in education became mandated when personal computers hit the market and evidence of our becoming an information society became a reality.

Teachers are now at the point where engineers were when the society was first formed. However, their added burden lies in their nontechnical background.

I propose that the society become actively involved with computers in education. It would be a union made in heaven. Our educational community would greatly appreciate the society's help with this new, exciting, and complicated educational tool. It would eliminate much duplication of effort and establish a smooth transition between the technical and nontechnical aspects of computers in the classroom. In essence. the society would act as a technical adviser.

The urgency of this appeal is apparent when you consider what is happening in computers in education. For example

Colleges of Education are starting to set up masters programs in educational computing. These degrees allow the graduates to teach computer science at the elementary and secondary levels. Although these efforts are valiant. I wonder about the reasonableness of some of the selections and if they will be appropriately taught at the elementary and secondary levels. These programs include topics such as architecture. data structures. algorithms, and assembly and high-level languages as well as fundamental and advanced basic programming.

The developnfent of good design principles and practices has yet to be accepted by the educational community. Basic. Logo. Pilot. and Pascal are the main languages known and used. with Basic by far the most universally accepted. We all know how amenable Basic is to structured programming techniques, but most educators are not aware of it deficiencies.

The idea of standards committees is just beginning to be tossed around. These are standards that, in some cases, the Computer Soc...