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Teaching OOP in AP Computer Science
My friend Dan Forhan who teaches at St. Peter Marian HS in Worcester MA is blogging about teaching oop. Here's what the students need help on according to a report from the Chief Reader David Reed: students did reasonably well, some confusion on OOP concepts ?? common error: not understanding class vs. interface e.g., interface definition with instance variables and constructor e.g., Set s = new Set(); instead of Set s = new HashSet(); ?? common error: not recognizing when inherited data/methods ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 11:50 AM

Teaching with ASP.NET Day 5
If your following along with the lessons that my students are working on then I'll report that the majority of students are working with Lesson 5 Interactive Ban Bio page. In this lesson, students learned how to create a drop down list and checkbox web controls. For these non programming students, they found that the use of the if statement was very easy to follow with this code: if dropdownlist1.selectedindex=0 then panel1.visible=true panel2.visible=false panel3.visible=false textbox1.visible=true ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 8:01 AM

13 hour download time is it worth it for Visual Studio 2005?
Heck yes! Yesterday was the day that MSDN subscribers got the word that they could start downloading the new version of Visual Studio 2005. I tried and tried and tried again to click on the download link and nothing happened. I gave up and went back to the site today and the same thing happened. Before I gave up I tried again and the download started. I looked at the time of the download and was going to take 13 hours for the download. What's funny is that I've been using the beta copy of VS 2005 ......

Posted On Friday, October 28, 2005 5:32 AM

Teaching with ASP.NET Day 4
Today I talked to my students about the use of Session with I used some of the slides (track2) that Joe Hummel put together. Joe is a professor at Lake Forest College and created the curriculum that we used to teach high school computer science teachers for the last couple of years. High school students know a great deal about the web so they knew what a session state was. I had the opportunity to demonstrate to them a login screen that was able to remember via Session in what the ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 11:13 AM

Teaching with ASP.NET Day 3
As students get more confident in what they are doing it makes your job a little easy as their teacher. My web design class has 20 students in it and classroom management is extremely important. The way that my class is designed is important to the learning that takes place. I have in a horseshoe shape all the computers on the back and side walls and in the middle of the class are twenty deskchairs. I have a smartboard in my class that is connected to my desk computer. I also have a DLink DPG 2000w ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:07 PM

Teaching with ASP.NET Day 2
Well, its been three days since I've had my web design class thanks to Hurricane Wilma so I'm hoping that my students remembered what we worked on the other day. Day 2 is when I need to review the basics of putting controls on the design screen and then adding code to events. Some of my students will get bored because they already know what's going on and this review is for those who might have forgotten. As we get going with these lessons I will always have my advanced students go ahead and work ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 25, 2005 10:58 AM

Waiting for hurricane wilma to pass
So instead of blogging about teaching with my students I'm blogging about the weather. It's bad here in Orlando, FL. The winds are very loud and strong and the rain is pounding on my roof. My queen palm which stands around 15 feet is leaning to its side. This tree has survived three hurricanes much worse than this one but the ground is full of water which caused the tree to weaken. I only hope that is all the damage I'll have during Wilma. Schools, government offices and some businesses are ......

Posted On Monday, October 24, 2005 7:20 AM

ASP.NET Student Training Day 1
The first day of teaching students with Webmatrix or Visual Web Developer is a very important one. I try to give my students an easy exercise to do after I demonstrate loading the software, creating a file, looking at the different views in the software, reviewing the toolbox and dragging controls to the design page, button events and then running the webserver etc. This year for the first time I'll have my best students use Visual Web Developer and the other students Webmatrix. The lessons ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 5:34 PM

Just saying hello
I'm a high school computer science teacher that teaches programming, web design and digital imaging to interested students who want to learn at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando FL. In addition to teaching for over 25 years, my career included working as Director of Educational Programs for the Printing Industry of New England, selling personal computers in a computer store (Apple, IBM, and Kaypro), Director of Computer Services for a large CPA firm, Network Manager for a chain of Title ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 7:39 AM

Teaching ASP.NET to High School Students
For those of you who may be teaching web design or programming to your students I'll be posting on what I'm doing with my students with ASP.NET aka WebMatrix as I'm working with my students this term. I was teaching web design for ten years and realized that I have been teaching the same curriculum to my students. Web design has changed during that time which included css, dhtml, asp, etc but I wasn't teaching that to my students. After seeing ASP.NET three years ago I started to write some curriculum ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 4:57 AM

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