The course seems to be heavily influenced by their own experiences creating Scratch (which is great by the way). I do wonder, though, whether this will mean that the ideas they present will be more applicable to technology education. Programming is much easier (in my view) to teach in an interest-driven way, as at the end of it you have an interactive object which YOU made and it is very easy to add your own personal touches to those programs.
There were two emphases that really grabbed me though. One was that very idea that creating interest (or using an interest) is an essential step in
motivating learning. The other was the talk about creating open sandbox opportunities for people to try things out, play, create, tinker and share.
At the moment, I am a little sceptical as to how much I will be able to apply the ideas in the course, but excited about the general premise and happy with how the course is set up.