The bulk of this post is devoted to the question of whether constructionism is the way to use computing in education. Mark Guzdial, like so many others, has followed the thinking of Seymour Papert in this. " The idea of building as a way of learning makes sense.," he writes. But as described by Papert, it may not make sense. "Some students do want to understand the computer soup-to-nuts, and that’s great, and it’s worthwhile making that work for as many students as possible. But I believe that it still won’t be many students. Students care about lots of other things (from business to design, from history to geography) that don’t easily map to a focus on code and mathematics." Image: Ahum.