C113 | The Future is Computational

  • Room: R2 Second floor
  • Session Number: C113
Wednesday, January 25, 2023: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


Lead Presenter
Gary Stager
Constructing Modern Knowledge


Select a discipline, occupation, or even hobby X and there is, or will soon be, a version of that field, Computational X. This likely represents the vanguard of that discipline and the most lucrative opportunities. Schools need to understand what this shift means for curriculum, teachers, and students to prepare for an uncertain future. Computation not only improves math education and democratizes computing, but removes one of the most persistent barriers to school progress, student affection for schooling, and continuous improvement. Substantive progress is made more difficult when educators have not experienced alternative possibilities, students "hate math," and computers are used unimaginatively. Even schools with lots of computers underutilize the computational power of those machines as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. This presentation seeks to inspire thought, experimentation, and curricular reinvention in light of how computational fluency is necessitated by societal shifts, economics, and yes, even the arts.