My work at Google last year just shipped. Four of us wrapped our heads around “computational thinking,” an approach to problem solving common to computer programmers (more here), and tried to adapt it to the California high school math and science standards. This felt, at times, like tying Al Roker and Usain Bolt together at the ankle and forcing them to compete in a three-legged race. Other times, they played well together.
Near as I can tell, of the sixty-or-so modules listed, only one of them â€” “Roots of an Equation” â€” is mine. I always admired Google’s lack of sentiment in deciding when to invest itself and when to divest itself. Still it’s strange to see a year of work reduced to a single entry in a long list. I’ll be interested to see where the project goes from here.