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Programming Poems

Was just playing around with words to try to think of ways to get students to remember that they need == when comparing two values. To compare if two values are equal, Your equal sign needs a sequel. (==)   I posted it on FB, and was given the response “===” so then I wrote: …

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Feedback during the 3rd week of my C++ class

Dang! It is always nice to get good feedback like this. This was in one of the mini-essays I assigned in my C++ class (reading about & discussing problem solving techniques), so I wasn’t expecting it! “Coming into the class I was very nervous. My friend who has taken this course before by other unnamed …

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Gradschool!

I got accepted to KU for their Masters in Computer Science program!

Programming for Discrete Math

I like using programming in the classroom. I’ve never seen programming really used much in any of the math classes I’ve had in the past, save from some odd MatLab projects (of course I opt for NumPy or SciLab – Go FOSS!), and sometimes reading paragraphs of math problem examples in a textbook just makes …

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Fin ā€˜nā€™ Kit DevLog #7

Beyond all the other “hidden” changes going on, I’ve been working on cutscenes for the game. For now, we’re going to keep it simple with still images rather than something really animated. Here is the cutscene system implemented, but with WIP art: (Really, it’s just reusing the menu system to make a cutscene!)

You’re ignoring the issue – Diversity in Tech

Don’t read the comments. Sometimes, when I post a link to an article on my Facebook wall, I feel compelled to add the warning, “don’t read the comments” along with the article. This morning I posted a link to NPR’s Why Some Diversity Thinkers Aren’t Buying The Tech Industry’s Excuses article, and the comment responses …

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Offices

Have you ever had a college instructor who didn’t have an office? Most college instructors have office hours to help students outside of class. It’s required in most cases. So, therefore, instructors need offices. Sometimes it might be a room with several cubicles, or it could be their own room with lovely lovely sheetrock on …

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random test generator

What do you do when you want to write a take-home exam, but want to discourage students from simply copying off each other? If you’re a programmer, you write a random exam generator. šŸ™‚ If you’re not a programmer, then you can probably find an existing one out there much nicer than mine… but oh …

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GR3

Dear public internet diary, Today I decided to pay for the GRE fee with my credit card, because I need to get the test over with so I can apply to colleges before the September – December deadlines, but I don’t think I’ll have the spare cash in June. (The financially awkward part of being …

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Jeopardy for Computer Science

Sometimes, class gets quiet. Especially during review days, students usually don’t speak up on their own to ask questions. So, this semester I wrote a little Jeopardy program and used it for both of my classes. The students at the community college I’m teaching at seemed to enjoy it; I was even asked to make …

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