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Teaching web programming to non programming students using Visual Web Developer
Yesterday I lectured to my web design students about web programming with Visual Web Developer and Visual Basic .NET. None of these students have ever programmed a computer to do anything before this class. I emphasize that point because I firmly believe that all students should be exposed to programming during their academic life to fully appreciate how the technology they use on a day to day basis was created. The students were using Visual Web Developer with the creation of the Comps Sci High ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 6:49 AM

A great way to teach JAVA to your students with Visualization
Several years ago, I attended a conference and learned about this free product called Jelliot which was used to visually show students what happens to variables when the program compiles. Since that time I have used Jelliot with my students and it has been a great way for students to learn about conditional statements, loops etc. One drawback is that it doesn't use the scanner class for input/output and you need to use their own There is an FAQ section that lists what it can and can not do. For some ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 6:49 AM

Dotnetnuke workers must be in demand!
Because of my blogs on using dotnetnuke with my students, I received an e-mail from someone who works for an Employment Agency in New York. He was looking for some of my graduates who have exerience working with dotnetnuke. Needless to say, this was a great motivator to my students when I told them. However, when I e-mailed back to the agency they didn't realize that I was teaching high school students and not college students. Like I said, my students were really excited that someone was interested ......

Posted On Saturday, October 28, 2006 3:33 AM

Week 2 of learning dotnetnuke with high school students
This week my students learned how to create main pages and child pages. In addition, they learned how to add modules on each page. They loaded third party modules that don't come with dotnentuke as well. They are building a high school web portal for Comp Sci High. We have encountered some changes in the modules that come with the newer version of dotnetnuke that were not in the older version of the portal open source software. For example, there use to be a discussion module and now there is a forum ......

Posted On Thursday, October 26, 2006 10:44 AM

Sites to help teachers teach JAVA and Visual Basic .NET
There are two sites that I created that will help teachers teach JAVA and Visual Basic .NET. http://sws.lhps.org/learnjava http://sws.lhps.org/learnvisualbasicdotnet I plan on adding videos to these sites during the school year. I hope it helps teachers and more importantly students who are studying computer science. Enjoy!

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 8:50 AM

Learning to create pages with dotnetnuke
Now that all sites have been installed properly in the lab our learning begins. Students started to work on the CompSci High portal using dotnetnuke. They started to create pages and today they will add modules to some of the newly created pages. The curriculum has students using modules that come with dotnetnuke and some third party modules as well. By the end of next week, I'm hoping that the CompSci High site should be completed. Our voyage will then take us to learn how to create modules using ......

Posted On Friday, October 20, 2006 10:21 AM

Day 2 of Dotnetnuke Training
Today I reviewed how to install dotnetnuke with my students. Word to the wise... Use the latest version of the starter kit. I ran into some problems today with some of my students who had the old version of the starter kit. The problem was a simple fix but with a class of 15 and only 45 minutes of class time, I didn't figure out what the problem was until the students left. I'll try to explain... The earlier version of the starter kit requires you to add a database to the project and to rename the ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 17, 2006 2:26 PM

Using dotnetnuke with high school students
Yesterday was the first day that I introduced dotnetnuke to my students. I'm using the curriculum that I wrote for Microsoft with them. I've discovered that there already are some changes in the dotnetnuke starterkit that was not there when I wrote the curriculum. The change is a good one because it makes an install to be a breeze without any modifications at all. In any event, I'll be blogging about the web design class that will be using the curriculum. The first day we talked about portals and ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 17, 2006 8:43 AM

Vista is coming to Orlando
Well Joe Healy from Microsoft will be coming to our annual Tech night to talk about Cool Features of Vista to our students and parents. Joe will be bringing an XBOX 360 to donate as a doorprize as well. Thanks Joe for participating.

Posted On Monday, October 16, 2006 7:49 AM

Dream. Design. Communicate. with some FREE software from Google
Google has some free software that some Math Teachers may want to look at and use with their classes. The software is called SketchUp and it’s a simple but powerful tool for quickly and easily creating, viewing and modifying your 3D ideas. Click on a shape and push or pull it to create your desired 3D geometry. Experiment with color and texture directly on your model. Real-time shadow casting lets you see exactly where the sun falls as you model. Select from thousands of pre-drawn components ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 5:33 AM

LHPS Annual Tech night planned
For the past several years, the Lake Highland Upper School Computer Science Department has sponsored a Tech night for students and parents. In the past, we have had some very good speakers and a good crowd as well. This year we plan on having our tech night on Thursday, January 25th and we have an outstanding speaker as well. Tom Carbone who is the Technical Director for the Florida Interactive Academy , Orlando, FL, will be our speaker. His talk will be about how Math & Science are used to create ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 10, 2006 8:34 AM

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