Doctor Who is popular at WEGC. There appears to be a correlation between DT students and Doctor Who club membership. Maybe there is some merit in using science fiction to teach computer science – as this article suggests. The Doctor Who club communicate via a public Facebook page . Feel free to have a look. Note the tardis dress.
I decided to attend the latest meeting and ended up in the annual picture.
A little source of amusement… sent to me by a student.
WEGC recently switched from the Loop to N4L . The Loop may not have been perfect but I cannot recall having very poor performance for 24 hours+ (2 minutes to load stuff.co.nz). This is totally unacceptable in my view. Can we get serious about having robust broadband to schools. We are rapidly moving to an environment of BYOD, meaning if the network goes down then “the learning” goes down also.
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I asked my Year 10 students to undertake the “Hour of Code” tutorial for Beginners. Not that they are beginners, they have been using Scratch the last few weeks. But it did serve three advantages:
- They got to have a break from Scratch.
- They got to experience a slightly different programming “language” Google Blockly
And it was quite fun. A few of the students even printed of the Completion certificate. I have sent the link to my wife to try it out in a Primary school perhaps they can undertake the formal Hour of Code scheduled for December 2014.
Seen at the Computer History Museum in San Francisco. This slogan represented the IBM culture of THINK first espoused in 1911 by Thomas J Watson. Not terribly different from what we would like our students to do today!
I had the privilege of being one of three judges for the Education category of the IITP Excellence Awards. There were three outstanding finalists but unfortunately only one could win. The winner was Tim Bell a key player in the development and promulgation of computer science resources nationally and internationally. I will be attending one of his sessions CS4HS in Christchurch in December this year. A great opportunity to learn from the master.