EDUCON 2018 Day 1

I just wanted to email you all re the first keynote speaker we had this morning -professor Marina Bers from the university of Tuft. Very focused on working with early years and talked of developing coding literacy and a coding playground  linking both literacy and maker/tinkering and she was keen to move away from problem solving as an end in itself. Her team have developed scratch jr and the kibo robotics- more info available here http://sites.tufts.edu/mbers01/ but I liked her and I liked her labs philosophy and approach

She gave a 2008 reference to a Henry .., an economist who shows that early year interventions provide a much better return on investment – will try to get copy of her slides to look it up as useful for funding bids

All going well and conference in full swing