For 22 years, Gary Stager has helped learners of all ages across the globe embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression.
He led professional development in the world's first laptop schools (1990), designed online graduate school programs since the mid-90s and is a collaborator in the MIT Media Lab's Future of Learning Group. He is Editor-At-Large of District Administration Magazine, Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, author of the monthly feature, Exceeding Expectations, for Apple Computer and an Associate of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development.
In 1999, Converge Magazine named Gary a "shaper of our future and inventor of our destiny."
The Case for Computing
Computing matters in the creative and intellectual development of children. Whether you are a year three girl, a severely at-risk teenager or an already gifted musician, computing can take your ideas further than you could have taken them on your own.
The current educational climate has reduced computers to information appliances, or worse. Too few students are offered access to the rich-learning opportunities made available by computing. This deprivation has serious implications for children and the society at large.
Gary will use his experience, passion and yes, actual classroom examples, to make the case for a renewed commitment to learner-driven school computing. While challenges abound for teachers confronting the second generation of computer fluent children, there are even greater opportunities to revolutionize the learning process. The case will be made for using computers in constructive ways and as a catalyst for creative teaching based on the needs of each child. We need to expand our concept of educational computing if more children are to be engaged in the rich learning adventures they deserve.A virtual handout for Gary's workshop is at http://www.stager.org/acec