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Book Review: Computer Science in K-12
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Book Review: Computer Science in K-12

Full disclosure: I haven’t read all of “Computer Science for K-12” edited and compiled by Shuchi Grover yet but a couple of chapters was enough to convince me I...

How Do We Know Who Is Struggling In Learning CS
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How Do We Know Who Is Struggling In Learning CS

One of the interesting points Amy Ko makes in her presentation to Microsoft (CS education in higher education) is that “Most faculty have little insight into who...

Thoughts on an IDE for Teaching CS
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Thoughts on an IDE for Teaching CS

Amy Ko posted a slide deck about CS education in higher education from a presentation she made to a group at Microsoft. There is a ton of stuff in there. I need...

Setting Up To Teach From Home
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Setting Up To Teach From Home

This past spring semester was my first time teaching remotely but not my first time working remotely. I worked from home while working in industry for jsut over...

ACM Digital Library is Open for Free
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ACM Digital Library is Open for Free

Like most K-12 teachers, a membership in a professional society like ACM or IEEE is not funded by my school. So I pay out of pocket for an ACM membership and have...

What About the Students Who Thrive Learning Online
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What About the Students Who Thrive Learning Online

In my end of course evaluations I asked my students if they learned better online or in the classroom. Not surprisingly, most of them said they learned better in...

Am I Retired Now?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Am I Retired Now?

My last class of the school year just ended. My grades and report card comments are in the system. I am not going back to school in the fall. Am I retired now?...

Teaching is About Relationships
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching is About Relationships

Today I was online with my students for about 90 minutes of a planned 55 minute class. One of my students joined the Google Meet session early and we chatted for...

What is your School IT Department’s Mission?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What is your School IT Department’s Mission?

My school ran a pair of online awards events yesterday. We had almost 850 people on the day time Zoom meeting and around 500 on the evening one. These are both...

More Fun With Live Coding
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

More Fun With Live Coding

Live coding or as I like to call it coding without a net is a wonderful way to teach.There was a time when I thought that having prewritten code that was pasted...

Can Online Teaching Really Work?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Can Online Teaching Really Work?

There is already a lot of discussion about schools and the fall semester. Will we be in physical spaces again? Will we be online again? Will there be some mix? ...

Planning for the End of the Year
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Planning for the End of the Year

My school will be on our regularly scheduled April break next week. It’s a nice breather for me and probably for the students as well. It’s been a long time since...

School Buildings Without Students are Sad
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

School Buildings Without Students are Sad

For the first time in 5 weeks I visited school today. My purpose was to clear out my personal stuff. I am retiring and I needed to get everything at some point...

Ending School With a Whimper not a Bang
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Ending School With a Whimper not a Bang

The other shoe dropped today. New Hampshire’s governor ordered public schools to continue emergency remote teaching for the rest of the school year. This was not...

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...
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