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Why Do I care About This Program I am Coding?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Why Do I care About This Program I am Coding?

Why do we program? Well, for some of us it is because we get paid to write code. For some it is part of our learning experiences. For a few it is the fun of it....

Does It Matter How Fast the Code Is?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Does It Matter How Fast the Code Is?

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with code lately. One of the things I have been experimenting with is cryptography (See Tiny Book of Simple Cryptography)...

The Making of a Computer Science Teacher
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Making of a Computer Science Teacher

There is quite the conversation going on in the private Computer Science Educators group on Facebook about teacher preparation for CS educators. This is a veryhighly...

Tiny Book of Simple Cryptography
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Tiny Book of Simple Cryptography

I've been playing with simple cryptography. Mostly stuff that was solid before computers. Just for fun mostly but some of it may make for interesting projects for...

TileCode–Creating games on and for handheld devices
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

TileCode–Creating games on and for handheld devices

People are Microsoft always seem to be working on interesting and unexpected (to me anyway) things.  My most recent discovery is TileCode. From the website:Microsoft...

What If We Asked Students To Write Textbooks?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What If We Asked Students To Write Textbooks?

A professor friend on Facebook posted that a student emailed him to say that they textbook the were using was “crap.” I suggested in jest that he asked the student...

Thinking About the Algorithms in Our Lives
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Thinking About the Algorithms in Our Lives

My wife and I use these fitness trackers, ours are made by Garmin, to keep track of our activity during the day. Each day the devices give us a goal for how many...

Artificial Intelligence, Humor, and Appreciation of Beauty
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Artificial Intelligence, Humor, and Appreciation of Beauty

Last night I started re-reading Heinlein’s The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.  It’s an old book, written in the mid 1960s, so there are some old ideas about computers...

MicroBlocks For IoT and other Physical Computing
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

MicroBlocks For IoT and other Physical Computing

Well, there is a new tool in town for programming micro devices like the Micro:bit and the AdaFruit Circuit Playground Express and many more! It's called MicroBlocks...

What I miss and don’t miss about teaching
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What I miss and don’t miss about teaching

Fall has come and while students are back in school I am not. I’ve been reflecting a bit about that. I don’t miss getting up at 6 AM and driving for close to an...

Why Computer Science Teachers Should Read Books
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Why Computer Science Teachers Should Read Books

Since I retired I have been reading more computer science related books. You may have read my book reviews on Humble Pi, Weapons of Math Destruction, or Computer...

How Are You Doing?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How Are You Doing?

We’ve now finished the first week after Labor Day and at least in North America almost everyone is back to school. That may not mean physically back in a bricks...

The End of School Computer Labs?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The End of School Computer Labs?

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about doing away with computer labs in schools. BYOD and one to one computers have been talked about and have been...

Book Review: Humble Pi
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Book Review: Humble Pi

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends for recommendations for non-fiction books that would not get me depressed. Several people recommended Humble Pi: When Math...

Are You Ready to Help with CSTA 2021
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Are You Ready to Help with CSTA 2021

The call for participation in CSTA 2021 is now out. You can learn about the submission process and look at some possible topic areas on the conference information...

Learning Python Part 2: Distracted by a Turtle
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Learning Python Part 2: Distracted by a Turtle

I cracked a book and found out that Python supports turtle graphics. I love drawing pictures with graphics. I have since I was in university. So today I played...

Programming Projects for Learning or Grading
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming Projects for Learning or Grading

The purpose of school work is to get good grades. Well, at least that seems to be a common view on the part of students. Most teachers will tell you that the motivation...

Learning Python: Part 1
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Learning Python: Part 1

Python has been on my radar for years but I haven’t really had the motivation to learn it myself. It’s time though for several reasons. Reason number one is that...

Changing How We Teach Computer Science
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Changing How We Teach Computer Science

I haven't been blogging much lately. I'm adjusting to being retired for the most part but I have been reading and thinking a lot about teaching computer science...

Book Review: Weapons of Math Destruction
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Book Review: Weapons of Math Destruction

Weapons of Math Destruction has been out for a couple of years now and it is one of those books that a lot of people reference. I finally got around to reading...
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