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Today was fish day in my class!
The AP curriculum for Computer Science requires students to study a case study called the Marine Biology Case Study. The case study requires students to learn about inheritance as they learn about the interaction of fish in an environment. Not only is it good for students to see well designed code but this is a requirement for the AP exam in which they will all take in May. For several weeks the students learn how to code in JAVA several labs that will show the movement of fish, breeding and dying, ......

Posted On Friday, January 27, 2006 7:30 AM

Installing Dotnetnuke Version 4.0.2 & Visual Web Developer
Today I had some time to install the latest version of dotnetnuke which uses ASP.NET 2.0. The installation was on a local pc and I must say it really was a breeze to install. I used the new starter kit that comes with this version and with instructions from Shawn Walker who is the leader of this open source project. Using Visual Web Developer is another plus especially for teachers who want to teach their students about web portals. You don't need to install IIs on each pc in the computer lab because ......

Posted On Thursday, January 26, 2006 12:53 PM

What technology skills should high school students have to prepare for college?
Everyone knows what the criteria is to get in to a good college. High gpa, high SAT scores, active in high school, community service hours etc. However, there is no documentation that I have found that will list the technology skills that are required for high school students to be successful in college. In addition, high school students have no clue as to what technology will be used in their college classes. I know that it depends on the students major and the college that they choose to go to ......

Posted On Saturday, January 21, 2006 6:56 AM

The Ultimate Video Game Experience
The Orlando Science Center is sponsoring a10-day event that will celebrate the science, art, careers, culture and fun of videogames and simulation through games, competitions, workshops, seminars, displays and much more. There will be opportunities for families, adults, kids and teens. The event is called Otronicon and for $14.95 which is considerably cheaper than I local theme parks, you can do any of the following: Play on more than 100 gaming stations, including Playstation 2, Game Cube and XBox. ......

Posted On Saturday, January 21, 2006 6:39 AM

Dotnetnuke 3rd webcast on creating your own module
Yesterday was the third dotnetnuke webcast that I presented. It was on creating your own module using Visual Studio .NET. I asked Michael Flanakin whose a professional developer join me on the webcast to answer any questions on the newer version of dotnetnuke. He did a great job and I thank him for sharing his knowledge. Michael had so much fun on the webcast that he'll be joining me next Tuesday when I'll be talking about creating your own skins. I've been quite surprised at how many people participate ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 4:17 PM

Survey Results
Well I thought I'd share the results of the 20 teachers who responded to my poll about their technology skills. Here's some background about our school at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando FL as far as technology tools that teachers use. First of all, every teacher has a computer in the class to use for classroom management which incudes e-mail,internet access, attendance reporting, and grading. Most teachers have their computers attached to a smartboard which allows them to project on ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 9:58 AM

My first dotnetnuke webcast
I am always up for doing things for the first time. Yesterday was the first time that I have ever instructed on a webcast. I am doing a series of six that I've blogged about before and it was an interesting experience for me. First off, I had no clue who was going to register for the webcast. Originally it was scheduled for high school computer science teachers and then Microsoft put it on their MSDN site. There were 125 who participated and stayed for the hour I was with them. I only wish I could ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 11, 2006 9:45 AM

20 basic technology skills that all educators should now have
Laura Turner from THE JOURNAL put together a nice list of technologies that present day teachers should know. As we all know, technology in the past 15 years has changed rapidly and Laura put together some nice links to check out for teachers to learn more about technologies that they don't know. Here's the list: Here are 20 basic technology skills that all educators should now have: Word Processing Skills Spreadsheets Skills Database Skills Electronic Presentation Skills Web Navigation Skills Web ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 4, 2006 12:02 PM

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