In Chapter 7, “Digital School,” of Smarter Than You Think, Clive Thompson discusses the use of technology in the classroom and its impacts on the culture of learning. In particular, he notes that academic demands beyond high school level can be met by elementary school students through online learning and instruction.
“Most attempts to use digital technology in education focus on having students learn programs: word processing programs, presentation programs, microblogging tools, search engines. But truly clever teachers go one step further: They teach their students programing itself – how to write code. This isn’t just about imparting geeky skills that will be useful on the job market. The teachers know that programming has deeper effects: For children, it becomes a philosophic act, a way of learning about learning” (188).What did you find most helpful concerning Thompson’s discussion of the advancement of technology in the classroom? Why? Please provide a page number when appropriate.