tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-18677687.post4895161096857294863..comments2019-01-23T12:27:50.622-05:00Comments on Computer Science Teacher: Teaching the History of ComputingAlfred Thompsonhttps://plus.google.com/116648179447008949472noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-18677687.post-40500938595577311692018-05-21T20:46:09.334-04:002018-05-21T20:46:09.334-04:00Interesting comments here. I also took a History ...Interesting comments here. I also took a History of Mathematics course. I would it most interesting and am so glad that I took it. Yes, if I recall correctly, it wasn't the easiest of classes and made us appreciate the mathematics concepts discovered at that time and with the tools of that time.<br /><br />The history of computing is an interesting topic and I don't know whether it was a good thing or a bad thing that our school library had a great deal of resources for it.<br /><br />You could certainly put it in context just by doing a history of the smartphone in the past few years to give a concrete example of how technology is breaking ahead at light speed. Doughttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14018245170305441423noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-18677687.post-17009829317525999932018-05-21T16:58:02.652-04:002018-05-21T16:58:02.652-04:00When I started teaching at Stuy there was a "...When I started teaching at Stuy there was a "History of Math" class. Unfortunately, it was the class kids took if they didn't like math so it was something of a dumping ground.<br /><br />When I took my limited Ed credits for my license all the programs I looked at offered "History of Math" but now, at least in NY. most ed programs use a cohort model with less freedom to choose classes and I haven't seen History of Math offered in a long time.<br /><br />It's a shame. It's more valuable and useful than most of the stuff required to become a certified math teacher in NY State.<br /><br />I think that "standards" and Common Core more so is also partly to blame - not much subject history there.<br /><br />Mike Zamanskyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15069276938781711576noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-18677687.post-75095053734444418222018-05-21T16:02:58.025-04:002018-05-21T16:02:58.025-04:00One of the required course for my Math Ed degree w...One of the required course for my Math Ed degree was a Math History course. Very difficult but very worth while. It demonstrated where a lot of the math from the last 200 - 300 years that fills out math books today originally came from. When we teach math we rarely look at the origins of that math; Egyptian, Babylonian, etc. This is a mistake. The same applies to CS. Understanding origins can be extremely useful in developing futures.Garthnoreply@blogger.com