Learning in Public Adventures

One thing that retirement offers for me is a chance to check out tech stuff that I can explore. Without having to teach it the next morning! I’m a recently retired computer science teacher and a lifelong leaner. I do love learning! It keeps me alive, keeps my brain active,… Continue reading

Hello, Buffer

What about this? This is a test of the org2blog interface. Can I write in emacs and publish seamlessly to my blog? Time will surely tell. If this works, look for more of a blog to explain what I’ve been up to. Let’s go and see what happens!

Roguelike learning

Since one of the goals of this digital garden is to learn in public, here is what I’m banging through right now. I’ve lately discovered roguelike games, particularly the venerable old Nethack. Just what I needed — another rabbit hole! But something about the ASCII art, the retro vibe, turn-based… Continue reading

Unfettered geekiness

Not sure exactly who reads this digital garden, if anybody, but if you’re not into coding geekery, this is your trigger warning. When I get all excited about geeky stuff and wax poetic, people either join me or stare at me and back away slowly. It’s always a reminder to… Continue reading

An Irving Christmas memory

I was probably about 13, so Brooke would have been 11, Sue 9. We had a tradition of going to Christmas Eve service at St. Mary’s, our Episcopal church in downtown Wayne. This particular Christmas was one of those magical ones where it actually snowed a lot! In fact, it… Continue reading

Mid-year musings — CS in Progressive Ed, pt. 1

I’m learning in public. Which means that I’m not doing the normal everything-is-awesome social media post. I’m trying to figure something out and navigate some tricky pedagogical terrain as a kind of newbie. Just a bit of backstory….. I was hired by a local independent school to teach computer science… Continue reading

CheatGPT?

I’ve written about how AI is going to change education here. But that was back when the AI bomb first detonated and incurred widespread panic in the education field. A year later, and we all know it’s here to stay and we can’t keep it out. And we need to… Continue reading

Computer Science and Progressive Ed?

How can we make CS work in a student voice and choice-driven, gradeless learning environment with true differentiation allowing for student levels and learning styles? That’s the essential question. I know that student engagement is key. I know that big projects are the way to go. I know that "just-in-time"… Continue reading

There are worse addictions

Hi. My name is Bob, and I’m a lifelong learner. Just can’t help it, really. I love learning about almost anything, but my main jam is coding, whether that’s text-based, block-based, Minecraft-based, robots, microBits, art, music, whatever. I love making the language actually DO something, then tinkering with it to… Continue reading

Giving the eulogy

Last week I did one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. I wrote and delivered the eulogy for my father. I find it pretty easy to write about other things (thanks to my father, who was a writer). But this one really hit me hard. He… Continue reading