Students learn how to be creative with technology at Dallas school
Tech Titans, the largest technology association in Texas, has presented its finalists for “Tech Titans of the Future” 2017, and one of them is educator Ed Downes who teaches maths and computer science at Alcuin School, an IB World School in Dallas offering the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP).
Downes prepares his students for university and their future careers with project-based teaching methods, allowing students to use their creativity and to think critically. “They get a lot more out of it because they’re able to put their creativity stamp on it, not just reproduce something I’ve done before,” Downes explains.
One of the tasks in his computer science class this year is to meet with companies, find a client, identify their technology needs and eventually create a computer program that the client can use on a day-to-day basis. Downes’ approach embodies the ethos of the IB; that education should prepare students for life beyond the classroom. A recent study showed that practical skills are becoming more and more important for students.
Downes hopes that the practical approach will give students guidance and tools on how to embrace technology in their future lives. “I think it’s about giving them guidelines on how they could have an impact in the future on the direction certain technologies go,” says Downes.