How we work with edtech in classrooms needs to change. Many nations have already realized that years of teaching students to use PowerPoint has done little for their economies. Large numbers of highly paid, highly skilled jobs are going unfilled. While schools and classrooms need to be about so much more than preparing kids for the world of work, that fact is that ICT (Information and Communication Technology) classes and curricula have been poorly balanced for years. Most curricula have focused on teaching students how to use software, without any focus on the creative side of computing.
Students need both of these things. Students need to know how to locate high quality information, evaluate it and use it. They need to know how to stay safe online and how to use spreadsheets to work with data. But they also need to know how to code, how to create basic tools for themselves that they can use to solve problems. They need to know how to work with basic electronics to create things.
The first kind of ICT curricula is well known and well documented. They have been in existence in most Western schools for years. This page is simply meant to host some of the resources that classroom teachers might want to look into to use in their classrooms to help their students and their learning move beyond ICT.
Raspberry Pi pdf manual (pdf)
Animation / Game Design / Coding for Kids
BYOB (a Scratch variant)
Robotics / Electronics
Books, Essays and Other Resources
Free / Open Source Software
Schools and classrooms operate on pretty limited budgets. This is one reason that free and open source software is a good thing. The other reason is more political. Choosing open source software is a choice that supports the idea of information and creation being important acts that should be available to people everywhere at the lowest cost possible. Free and open source software allows more voices to contribute to every conversation.