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September 2007

Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson : Department of Learning Prevention

 

What has happened that we are so afraid to teach students things that are useful and powerful?

Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson : Department of Learning Prevention

I really agree with Alfred on this issue.  For a large school district we probably have the most freedom, but we're shut down in weird ways.

For example, I want to use a gaggle.net chat room but it doesn't work.  I've emailed the guy who is supposed to be in charge of this, but still haven't heard from him after two days.

The weird thing, is that Instant Messenger works fine, so we may end up using that.


Update

First, I undestand people are getting a CGI error when they post comments.  Would someone please email me at kathleen at gmail and let me know what it is.  A screen shot would be terrific.

The good news, is that the comment gets posted, but delayed because I have to approve it.

Next, life has been very full since school started.  I have about twice the number of students as last year which doesn't affect set up time, but does mean that grading takes up lots more time. 

I really haven't had time or energy to do anything in front of a computer but school stuff.  Hopefully that will change soon.


Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

 

lists six things that he'd like to see computer science programs teach

Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

I'm just a lowly high teacher teacher, so most of the 6 things I can't teach -- but I do work hard on the first.  I also believe that communication skills are important, so I have my students doing lots of writing.

Besides, they have a test over it ...


Is it okay to use Google products in the classroom, ethically?

Something that has come up in my district -- and something that causes me some concern -- am I as a teacher using Google TOO much, and if so, am I crossing ethical boundaries when I do?

Google, as all search engines, make their money from advertising. Thus using Google (or any other product supported by advertising) products exclusively with my students might very well be crossing ethical boundaries.

I even wonder that sometime when we use Microsoft products exclusively, even if the district paid for them.

Google has several products available to educators that you might find of interest to use yourself or with your students.

Are you googling in your class?


Extra pay a boost for DISD workers | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas News

This really irritates me.   

By December, administrators reported their conclusions: The supplemental system operated with little oversight amid a "culture of entitlement."

Extra pay a boost for DISD workers | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas News

Yes, I make lots of extra money. 

In the past year, I taught an online course -- oh, by the way, I haven't been paid for that yet.

I ran a tutorial program on some Saturdays for TAKS.

I presented at an AP tutorial session.

I wrote curriculum.

I wrote district finals.

I'm part of the AP Incentive program.

None of the above is part of my base pay.  I should get paid extra, and guess what I get $20.00 an hour!  They really should be paying me more.

And even more -- they don't seem to want us to have our longevity pay.  This is the first year I'm eligible.