July 10, 2003

Bulk view

Hmmm, not so many updates this time

I should come up with a matrix to show the students that I’m keeping
track of where they are and what knowledge they’ve demonstrated, both
as an individual and as a group. =) Actually, I should allow them to
fill it in as well…

http://whisper.surrey.sfu.ca/what.html

“Wearable body architectures” – seems to be a performance-art/tele-biofeedback
thing? Link from Jonathan Hatol.

Cool student programs

I’ll be highlighting some cool programs in my journal. =)
I’ll write up the ones that are in my mindmap (XML, viewable with http://freemind.sourceforge.net), but here’s one for today:

MathPractice.java, by Jaime
Thanks to Jaze Ebreo and Keny Saavedra
Arithmetric drill program with randomized questions; neato! =)

More programs to come soon!

Javascript + XUL ideas

I tend to download a lot of links; it would be nice to have a list of
downloadable links and select the files to get… Maybe one of the
extensions already out there?

Window manager decisions

I will stay in ion and use Xnest for apps that have weird dialog boxes, like Openoffice.

Oooh, teaching story!

My students are brilliant _and_ having fun! =)

I’ve gotten e-mail from students along the lines of “I was thinking in
the shower when…” – they’re thinking about CS outside the classroom,
and they’ve come up with pretty creative ways to do things. Martin
Gomez told me that he was having lunch near their block and he heard
them talking about CS – over lunch! Wow! They were talking about
arrays, poring over source code, animatedly swapping ideas… Some are
even asking how to make programs that make other programs – cool! I
think I can introduce files early as an extra topic. Note to self:
write tutorials over weekend.

Gosh, they’re more advanced than I was when I was in first year, and
enthusiasm’s contagious. =) I’ll do my best to help them reach their
potential while still making sure they don’t overlook any of the
basics. I plan to give them self-review assignments and tests. Yatta!

Openoffice exports to Flash

Nifty! OpenOffice presentations can be exported to Flash. =)

Hmm. WebCast?

Clipart wanted for document:

manager
developer
sweatdrop
(for Use Cases)

stacks of paper
person sleeping