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How to Teach Programming

This week on IT Babble the Podcast Edition, you will hear Patrick and I discuss this topic that was posted on Slashdot.org: Revisiting Why Johnny Can’t Code: Have We “Made the Print Too Small”? Any one claiming that programming is related to text size has a serious problem. Why? Because tools …

Not the Best, Not the Worst, and Getting the Job Done

I was reading an article on Slashdot, by far my favorite website. The Slashdot posting linked to this original article, The programming talent myth. The article discusses this perception that programmers are either rock-star-ninjas or barely able to string to strings together (that was a programming joke by the way). However, the …

Skill Building with Simple Games

Today I was working with some Grade 5 students on a robotics project. I was helping two girls fix a friction problem with their wheels. I said, “There are numerous ways to do this, but I find this way to be the easiest.” One of the girls said, “What does …

The Proof

When ever I help students with math, I always have them do proofs. I want to be sure they understand what they are doing, and not just working a pattern. The word “proof” is a very powerful term, and being able to use it means that one has been able …