Engagement and construction: Educational strategies for the post-TV era

  • Ben Shneiderman
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 602)


The post-TV media of computers and communications enables teachers, students, and parents to creatively develop education by engagement and construction (Figure 3). Students should be given the chance to engage with each other in team projects, possibly situated in the world outside the classroom, with the goal of constructing a product that is useful or interesting to someone other than the teacher. Challenges remain such as scaling up from small class projects to lecture sections with hundreds of students, covering the curriculum that is currently required by many school districts, evaluating peformance, and assigning grades. However, there seems to be no turning back and, anyway, the children of the Nintendo and Video Age are eager to press fast forward.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben Shneiderman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of MarylandCollege Park

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