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  • Blog Post: The Intersection of Education and Entertainment

    How many times have you heard a teacher say something like “I’m here to educate them not to entertain them.” Sometimes it almost seems as though they regard education as bad tasting medicine that students need to take whether they like it or not. Other times is it is a reaction to students complaining...
  • Blog Post: ASCII Art For Fun and Projects

    I guess I am on a nostalgia kick. Earlier this week I found a link to an Text Ascii Art Generator over on Doug Peterson’s Doug – Off The Record blog . This site lets you enter text and have it reproduced in ASCII art similar to the sample below. There are a large selection of fonts to choose from...
  • Blog Post: Surprise and wonder in computer science

    Last week I attended a workshop day at Stevens Institute of Technology where Michael Kolling , University of Kent and creator of Greenfoot was the keynote speaker. Some of the things he said really resonated with me. One of them was that students should be given projects that require a computer. I’ve...
  • Blog Post: Blog Reviews – Begin Game Programming & Teaching CS to Kids

    I follow a lot of blogs that have to do with computer science and education in general. It seemed to me that reviewing some of them might be helpful or at least interesting to others who are looking for blogs to follow. Today I’m going to talk about two of them Begin Game Programming and Ideas for Teaching...
  • Blog Post: FDG 2009 Day Three

    Greetings from the Disney Wonder at sea somewhere in the Bahamas Bank. One of the key take aways from today was the idea of students wanting to see serious (i.e. professional) quality graphics in their projects. This was a major point that Matthew MacLaurin from the Kodu team talked about during his...
  • Blog Post: How To Do A Conference ID Badge Correctly

    So I am attending the FDG 2009 conference this week. I signed in and got my conference materials tonight at the hotel. As with most conferences there is a lanyard with your conference ID badge on it. First good sign is that ones name is on both sides. These badges always get turned around and people...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year 2009

    Well it is a new year. Last year was an interesting year in just too many ways to recount. But we have, in a sense at least, a chance for a fresh start with 2009. I wish my readers all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. But especially happy and healthy. I’ve been taking care of my father this...
  • Blog Post: Tetris for Small Basic

    Talk about a great sample of the week – the Small Basic blog announces a version of the classic Tetris written in Small Basic . At a little over 500 lines of code (530ish) its a pretty cool and yet manageable game program. If you were thinking of writing a version of Tetris of your own in any language...
  • Blog Post: Learning How to Use Silverlight

    Have you heard about Silverlight ? Have you ever wanted to learn how to use it yourself? If you haven’t heard about Silverlight I borrowed some text from the Silverlight home page to explain it. Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next...
  • Blog Post: Why Isn’t Science Class Like This?

    Well there is cost for one thing. And prep time for another. Oh wait, you don’t know what I’m talking about. Let me back up. Apparently at some sort of event the NVidia people wanted to show the difference between how a CPU works and a GPU (graphic processor) works. They also had an interest in entertaining...
  • Blog Post: trueSpace7.6 FREE Fully-featured 3D Authoring Package

    Several months ago Microsoft acquired a company called Caligari largely because of their advanced 3D toolset called trueSpace . Well now the latest version of this powerful tool is available for free . Yes, the favorite price point for educational organizations! What can you use it for? Glad you asked...
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