November 8, 2003

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Teaching and learning: a personal journey

http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/457382.html

BlueJ resources

- http://www.rdv.vslib.cz/skodak/en/bluej/draw_tutorial/index.html
http://www.sleepinggiantsoftware.com/FGJ/tutorials.htm: This is actually pretty cool, as it explains dependencies. I think I’ll use it as a starting point.

People have raised some concerns, like whether or not BlueJ will insulate programmers too much. I think, however, that it might work for the introductory computing course.

BlueJ resources

- http://www.rdv.vslib.cz/skodak/en/bluej/draw_tutorial/index.html
http://www.sleepinggiantsoftware.com/FGJ/tutorials.htm: This is actually pretty cool, as it explains dependencies. I think I’ll use it as a starting point.

People have raised some concerns, like whether or not BlueJ will insulate programmers too much. I think, however, that it might work for the introductory computing course.

BlueJ resources

- http://www.rdv.vslib.cz/skodak/en/bluej/draw_tutorial/index.html
http://www.sleepinggiantsoftware.com/FGJ/tutorials.htm: This is actually pretty cool, as it explains dependencies. I think I’ll use it as a starting point.

People have raised some concerns, like whether or not BlueJ will insulate programmers too much. I think, however, that it might work for the introductory computing course.

Further thoughts on BlueJ and Beanshell

I think BlueJ suits my needs more – it allows people to evaluate
expressions easily, too – but I’ll need to find or make sample
projects before I can deploy it. I think it might make a good starting
point, though…

… which means I need to work Really Hard if I want to try it out
this sem.

Java interpreters

Miguel Paraz saw my TODO on finding a Java
interpreter and he pointed me to
Beanshell. I’ve been thinking about
using a Java interpreter in my introductory computing class in order
to help my students grasp Java concepts more easily. Students can use
the Beanshell interpreter to explore arithmetic expressions,
variables, input (through JOptionPane), Boolean logic, ifs, loops, and
even a little bit of object-oriented programming.

It’s an experimental technique, and I have some concerns regarding the
transfer of knowledge. I need to make sure that they’ll be able to
work with standard Java programs well.

Another interactive Java environment I want to explore is
BlueJ. It’s explicitly designed for introductory
computing and it emphasizes object-oriented programming.

With only a few days before the start of classes, I do not think I’ll
be able to prepare well enough to use either environment next sem.
However, I would like to experiment this summer, if we are still
offering CS21A then.

speechd

The home page of the project is http://www.freebsoft.org/speechd-el .

“The Many Shapes of Tomorrow’s PC”

PCs have shrunk in size and grown in power, but their
architecture and design methodology is relatively unchanged, as
is their chief uses of word processing, graphic presentation, and
spreadsheets. However, PC manufacturers will likely approach …
http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2003-5/1107f.html#item7

The Very Verbose Guide to Updating and Compiling Your Debian Kernel

http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=2949

“It Only Looks Like Child’s Play”

MIT researcher Hiroshi Ishii has long explored alternate ways for
people to view and manipulate data that offer more flexibility
and simplicity than keyboards, monitors, and mice. The
“tangible” interfaces Ishii’s team has developed, which …
http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2003-5/1105w.html#item17

“Charity Challenges Programmers to Code for Society”

The nonprofit mySociety.org recently launched an initiative to
fund low-cost, socially beneficial IT projects that operate over
electronic networks. The organization has encouraged the online
submission of proposals for the first two projects, and …
http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2003-5/1105w.html#item8