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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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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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Puzzling about thinking

  A core competency required by students is thinking. For abstract thinking and problem solving good cognitive skills are required. I have presented a range of problems for students to solve such as this word problem……… What does it say?   … Continue reading

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Teachers Council and Open Data… Sort of

http://www.teacherscouncil.govt.nz/rt/onlineregister.stm Yep, the data is open but I can only pull the records 50 at a time…. A request under the OIA solicited the following responce… Dear Mr Bruce, It has been determined that the information you are requesting is … Continue reading

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