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Diving in!

March 20, 2017

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Of course, within a minute of “okay, I’m ready to record!”   … a student has arrived.   Still, I can do that first thing in the a.m. —  knowing that then I’ll go to the tech folks to see how to make better sound quality, etc. anyway.   I need a “sharable rough draft.” […]

Screenshot from the App of Doom

May 23, 2014

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I’ve got the slider working, but now I need to think in that foreign language — the visual — so that this isn’t just some nicely colored blobs. I think my plan will be to figure out the other necessary “make it an app that works” logistics before diving back and trying to get it […]

Object-Oriented Finding Of Lost Things

February 14, 2014

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So I’m riding home and pondering how to organize the program for Lab 4. Where should I set the color that will be used to display a bar graph bar and the text accompanying it? What goes inside the loop walking through the array of items, and where? And… woven through it all… *WHERE IS […]

When will I use this?

February 13, 2014

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It occurred to me going through the planning of our next lab that… I’m using a *ton* of actual algebra (as well as algebraic thinking) figuring out the graphics and the assorted loops.    This might, in part, explain the teacher’s enthusiasm about improving basic math & algebra skills. First quiz and I got the […]

Just sayin’, ALEKS

October 8, 2013

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Gee.   Is it just coincidence that students are saying, “I get the little pieces, but then it gets all scrambled when I put it togehter?”   ALEKS has students do one kind of problem, again and again, until they “get it.”   Now, they don’t have to *understand* it at all.   When they […]

For instance!

October 4, 2013

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CSC 140 is careening gaily into Stuff I Know Nothing About From My Previous Experiences.  Yesterday’s lecture included Iterators and ArrayLists, because we can use very basic versions of these to do powerful things, like tell the computer “if there *is* a next thingy, do this to it.”   (So, instead of saying “while count is […]

“if you get this, you can go home”

September 19, 2013

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Attending a thoroughly engaging class has the same effect on me as reading a thoroughly engaging book.   I carry its voice with me for a while. In CSC 140, Java,   yesterday we heard and saw a meticulous explanation of how object reference variables work and how important it is to understand that the […]