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Parlez-vous Java? Sprechen Sie Python?

At least four states — including Washington, home of Microsoft Corp. — have either passed or considered measures that would delight high school students who have trouble rolling their r’s. Rather than taking Spanish to satisfy their foreign language requirement, … Continue reading

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echo ‘<img source=“ ‘ . $dir_name . ‘/’ . $file . ‘ ”/>’ ; One of my students spent quite a lot of time finding out why the above PHP code did not work. Actually it took me awhile also… even though … Continue reading

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External assessments for Digital Technologies

I recently reviewed the results for NCEA Digital technologies external assessments Level 1 (Year 11, Form 5). Seems that 50% of  students failed the Information Management(IM) assessment, a disproportionately larger number being boys. That is quite a high rate of failure.  As it turns … Continue reading

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The Mythical School Month

Additionally, Brooks muses that “good” programmers are generally five to ten times as productive as mediocre ones I read The Mythical Man Month several years ago, and having observed the Catalyst Open Source Academy  I am prompted to think about what … Continue reading

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Clever and Motivated students at Catalyst Open Source Academy

I have been observing the Catalyst Open Source Academy over the last few days. The course is  attended by twenty students from around New Zealand (Years 11-13) and  exposes them to computer science, software development methodologies, programming, web development and the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Education system issues 3

Digital Technologies is an optional subject. Hence to be sustainable in a school sufficient students must choose to take the subject. If they don’t numbers fall and DT teachers lose their jobs… Student choices are driven by many things including … Continue reading

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The next student that uses Facebook when off-task…

will be allocated a typewriter to use for the duration. They can take what they type and enter it that night for homework. I knew there was a good reason to have one of these in a school.

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