Tag Archives: computer studies

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! Advertisements

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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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Computer studies or Computer Science

Computer studies as life skills as an alternative to computer science is a valid, relevant and useful area of study at secondary school. The following transactions gave me pause to think about what our students need to be thinking about in the future… 1. … Continue reading

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Death of a mouse

“For my one-year-old daughter, a magazine is an iPad that does not work. It will remain so for her whole life.” Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/mouse-faces-extinction-as-computer-interaction-evolves-20121008-278h0.html#ixzz28jnGqLz2 What a fantastic quote. Given my father in a fit of generosity has given me an iPad (Thanks … Continue reading

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Concrete versus Abstraction

  I am trying to devise methods of teaching programming concepts to senior students. Getting their heads around adding variables containing integers versus adding strings (concatenation) can be quite a challenge. Sometimes you have to resort to balls of string … Continue reading

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We need to teach HTML5

http://ict.govt.nz/programme/guidance-and-resources/reference-architecture Attached extract from Government ICT standards. No sooner have we learned how to teach XHTML;  it becomes clear we need to “upgrade” to HTML5. I guess that is why teaching IT is so exciting.

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