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Datacom hosts Level 2 Programming course

I spent part of the school holidays at Datacom, Wellington, teaching teachers how to teach Level 2 programming using Python (both technical and pedagogical aspects). As a follow on to the course, participants have access to technical support, advice and moderation (at … Continue reading

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Now I know how students must feel sometimes…

I just completed a training course. The material was potentially interesting and valuable, and the instructor certainly knowledgeable. Unfortunately the speed of delivery was too fast for me, the assumed prior knowledge was too detailed and the focus was on … Continue reading

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Teachers and parents, or teachers as parents

A few times in recent months I and other teachers have been asked by caregivers to help with modification of students behaviour at home. I am not convinced this is part of the job but human nature being what it … 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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DVD/CD-ROM drive Code 39

Having wasted some more of my life fixing bizarre computer problems, I felt I needed to share the pain. I have no idea what the problem is, or why the following fix worked…. but it did. In short my CD-ROM would not … Continue reading

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Walking in their shoes..

    For various reasons I have found myself learning (re-learning) basic probability theory and  PHP access to a MySQL database from a web page. Its actually quite hard without good on-line resources, teachers or examples that are fit for purpose. In … Continue reading

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novopay and my OIA

I have some residual professional interest in Novopay, the Ministry of Education (MoE) payroll system. I also have an interest in the new payroll system as a teacher of Digital Technologies achievement standards. As such, I placed an Official Information Act (OIA) with MoE for … Continue reading

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