Ramping up CS Education

The Boston Herald ran an article this week that began: State education leaders are planning to make computer science a core course for high school students, which they’d need to complete to graduate and a requirement for college admission, as part of an effort to meet...

CS50x Completed!

I finally finished (after 18 months) the CS50 EdX course. I started it when I decided to use much of its contents in teaching my AP Computer Science Principles course at Lincoln Sudbury.  It was hard to find time to finish all the projects – the...

Drinking from the Firehose

In 1999 I taught my first programming course. I used a programming environment called Microworlds Logo, and my curriculum was on a floppy disk full of Word documents written by the teacher who taught the class the previous year. This year, I’m teaching a new...

Running in the Future

Yesterday I picked up my Apple Watch Series 3  with LTE (black stainless 42mm) at my local Apple Store.  The setup was smooth, including getting the watch connected to Verizon.  I played with it a little yesterday, sending some texts with my phone off.   This morning,...

Viewing a Shared Google Calendar with your Apple Device

Lincoln Sudbury recently created a Google Calendar for LS Events.  You can add this calendar to your iPhone and Mac calendars as well, but the process is a little complicated.   First follow the directions in the email you got.  the Academic Council has created a...

Reading the AP CSP Exam

I spent the past week in Kansas City, Missouri reading the AP Computer Science Principles exam.  “Reading” is a euphemism for “grading”, and I graded somewhere between 300 and 400 student responses over the past week.  I’ll write here...

Apple Distinguished Educator

Apple notified me today that I’ve been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educators class of 2017. To enter myself into consideration I had to write a few things about myself and also make a two minute video about how I use Apple stuff in my teaching work...

Cutting the Cord

Last week I cancelled my cable television. When my two year contract with Verizon ran out, I received a bill $20 higher than the previous one. I contacted them to see what they would do for me over the next two years. Turned out, they wouldn’t do anything but raise my...

Visiting High Tech High

This past week, I spent three days visiting High Tech High in San Diego with four other teachers and administrators from Lincoln Sudbury RHS.   Our high school is in the early stages of building an Innovation Center, and we are looking for good ideas wherever we can...

Bringing the CS50

For several years I’ve been following news of the College Board creating a new Computer Science course, called AP CS Principles. It sounds like a great course outline, with algorithmic thinking and creativity emphasized over pure programming exercises. While the...