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Planning For School in the Fall of 2020
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Planning For School in the Fall of 2020

This time of year I always start thinking about the next school year. Even though I don’t expect to be teaching (announced my retirement already) I can’t stop thinking...

Revisiting Old Coding Problem Friends
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Revisiting Old Coding Problem Friends

John Conway died the other day. He created the famous "Conway's Game of Life" that is familiar to so many programmers and computer scientists.I've recently decided...

A Look at Technology For Remotely Teaching Computer Science
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

A Look at Technology For Remotely Teaching Computer Science

While I do believe that people are the most important part of emergency remote teaching,  technology does have a serious role to play. One key piece of technology...

Emergency Remote Teaching is About People Not Technology
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Emergency Remote Teaching is About People Not Technology

Attendance at my emergency remote teaching classes has been very close to 100%. Frankly, this didn’t surprise me at all. Apparently I should have been surprised...

When Are We Going Back To (bricks and mortar) School?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

When Are We Going Back To (bricks and mortar) School?

That’s the question my students asked the most yesterday. We’re in our fourth week of remote emergency teaching and I think it is starting to wear on most of us...

Living in Interesting Times and Sharing Thinking
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Living in Interesting Times and Sharing Thinking

You may have noticed I didn’t post anything in this blog yesterday. Part of that is because I had to make an unexpected trip to my family’s vacation home. A neighbor...

Coding For Fun and Mental Exercise
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Coding For Fun and Mental Exercise

Recently, I started reading a book about the mathematics of cryptography. (Mathematics of Secrets) Fascinating. A lot of the math is hard (to put it lightly) for...

Three Weeks of Teaching From Home
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Three Weeks of Teaching From Home

two of my international students have returned home to China. I spent some time talking to one of them after class today.It was interesting to talk to someone in...

Please Blog About Your Emergency Remote Teaching
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Please Blog About Your Emergency Remote Teaching

It seems like there are a large number of long Twitter treads where educators are reporting their experiences and how their school is handling this period of emergency...

Teaching From Home–What about Cheating?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–What about Cheating?

The College Board has been making some moves to make it harder to cheat on Advanced Placement exams. Given that their business plan relies a lot of the integrity...

Changing How We Think About School
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Changing How We Think About School

What my school is doing is trying to replicate the brick-and-mortar model in the online world. Other schools are doing something more like “correspondence school...

Teaching From Home–Day 11–Is this our new normal?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 11–Is this our new normal?

Well. we’re definitely going to stay online until May. Our last week in April is a vacation week. I am hoping it still is. What will May bring? I have no idea.Teachers...

Teaching From Home–Day 10B–Plan? What Plan?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 10B–Plan? What Plan?

When administration announced we were moving to remote teaching I started adjusting my plans. Now understand that when the semester started I had a plan for every...

Teaching From Home–Day 10A –I'm One of the Lucky Ones
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 10A –I'm One of the Lucky Ones

There has been a lot in the news about schools being closed and how schools are dealing with it. There seems to be everything for regular online synchronous teaching...

Teaching From Home–Day 10–When Remote is Really Remote
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 10–When Remote is Really Remote

For the last several years I have had international students in some of my classes. Most from China but also South Korea, Viet Nam, and Cambodia. This year I have...

Teaching From Home–Day 9–Students Backchanneling
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Teaching From Home–Day 9–Students Backchanneling

My good friend and peer teacher, Tom Indelicato and I share a morning homeroom. It’s online now of course but we join early and stay late to touch base with each...

Teaching From Home–Day 8–Online Teaching Stations
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 8–Online Teaching Stations

We sure are learning a lot about online classes these days. Teachers at my school are using Google Meet and Zoom in about equal numbers. This means that students...

Teaching From Home–Day 7
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 7

Well this is the new normal I guess. We had snow last night and several students missed homeroom this morning. I am assuming it is because of power outages in the...

Teaching From Home–Day 6
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 6

Boring post title I know. But I am not really concerned about attracting eyes in these crazy time. Over the weekend I found out that my international students (two...

Teaching From Home–Day 5
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 5

As one of my co-workers put it it's been a long year this week. I might ease up on that easier say a long month this week. It sure has been a learning experience...
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