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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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Standrd 3.5 inch disk how much data?

Quiz night question. Our answer was 720kb, the adjudicated answer was 1.44mb by judges less than 30 years of age. I think they are incorrect. The 1.44mb was double density!

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Enough bullS%^t email …. Now filtering

I am over Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn and everyone else sending me unsolicited email. In their respective and desperate efforts to attract eyeballs or people I think they are going overboard. If I can apply a filter I will. Now we pay the true price of “free” software … Continue reading

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Teaching efficient programming if-elif

Teaching students the differences between lots of sequential if statements versus if-elif can be challenging. One technique I tried was: 1. Select eight students and write one of their names on a piece of paper e.g. Eliza 2. Line the 8 students … Continue reading

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