Worth a Read: Computer Science Courses that Don’t Exist, But Should

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute A list by James Hague: CSCI 2100: Unlearning Object-Oriented Programming Discover how to create and use variables that aren’t inside of an object hierarchy. Learn about “functions,” which are like methods but more generally useful. Prerequisite: Any course that used the … Continue reading

Tech or No Tech in the Classroom? The debate Continues.

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Came across this: Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops – Lingua Franca – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education. I suspect it is because we are starting a new school year that this topic is popping up a … Continue reading

Where is the line between good instructions and hand-holding?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the great things about games is their potential for delivering just-in-time instruction. Most games require some sort of user assistance, whether it be instructions, in-game tutorials, or a help system. Many games integrate help and tutorial information into the gameplay … Continue reading

21st Century Tech: Is it harder or easier to become informed?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve been pondering this for some time now. It is easier now than ever before in history to get your word out there. This blog is an excellent example. All I need is a little bit of computer knowledge and … Continue reading

Valuing a Job Well Done

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute You know how chance or fleeting encounters with people who cross your path can sometimes leave a lasting impression? The man who drove the forklift at the local feed store has become a symbol in our household. He is a … Continue reading

New Book on Learning Processing

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Check out Jim Parker‘s most recent book, available only as a E-book. “100 Cool Processing Sketches” is a book that purports to teach computer programming by example using a visual language. Contains all of the source code, downloadable. Includes exercises … Continue reading

The Edutainment Era – A Look at What Happened and Why.

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I gave a keynote address at the inaugural EduGaming conference last year. As part of the preparation, I made this timeline:  The Edutainment Era – A Look at What Happened and Why. We are once again experiencing a rise in the popularity … Continue reading

Helping Students Advance At Their Own Pace

Approximate Reading Time: 5 minutes This came across my feed the other day. It’s a great example of why it is so important to have people who understand BOTH teaching AND technology. Finding the Most Creative Ways to Help Students Advance At Their Own Pace … Continue reading