May 11, 2004

Met with Dr. Sarmenta

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We talked about CS21A. He’s enthusiastic about the objects-first
approach suggested by BlueJ. I need to prepare the exercises and other
materials so that we can distribute them during the first week of

Talked to Dr. Rodrigo regarding graduate school

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If I continue with my MA Education majoring in Information Technology
Integration, I would probably work on

– a wearable system for student information (scan someone’s ID / key

in location, grab all the submissions and notes I have on that

– modeling student mistakes through program analysis and automatically

suggesting corrective exercises

I could also go for an MS CS instead. If I do, then I should take some
theory courses next semester.

I asked Dr. Rodrigo for advice. She is our department chair, after
all, and would know how best to go about this further studies thing. I
was surprised when she frankly told me to consider distance education
if my parents felt uncomfortable about sending me abroad right now.
The Ateneo CS program isn’t meant for people with solid CS
backgrounds, and I’d get much more value out of other courses. She
advised me to take research-oriented courses. If I decide to take MS
courses here, I should go for research- or project-oriented completion
of course requirements.

I’m not too keen on studying in La Salle or UP LB (teaching would be
difficult with that kind of a commute!), so I guess distance education
will have to do—at least until my application elsewhere pushes


May 11, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Whoops. Surprised to find out that I’m handling the PinoyJUG newbie
track tomorrow (I _hope_ this is in a lab; it’d be insane to do it as
a lecture?). That doesn’t leave me much time for aikido, so I’m going
to try to make it to today’s session instead.

I’ll have to prepare lots of exercises for people tomorrow. They want
practice in if/while/for/arrays, they’ll get that kind of practice…