Education

Alice, the Turtle of the Modern Age

Many of us grew up with LOGO, the kid-friendly programming language that guided a little turtle around a screen. Yes, it was simplistic. Yes, it taught only the very basics of programming concepts, but it also inspired an entire generation of programmers. The applications you run every day were written by people who steered a digital turtle around a screen in third grade. more>>

Open-Source Physics on Linux

My last several articles have covered lots of software for doing research in the sciences. But one important area I haven't covered in detail is the resources available for teaching the next generation of computational scientists. To fill this gap, you can use the code provided through the Open Source Physics project. more>>

MAEDS

Poor and Popular

 This week I'm in Bellaire, MI at the Michigan Association for Educational Data Systems conference.  It may sound boring, but it's actually quite a great conference geared specifically toward sysadmins for school districts. more>>

OSWALD

The OSWALD Project

Open source and education: a match made in computer heaven. more>>
Drupal

Learning Drupal Fundamentals

Many of you already know what a huge Drupal fan I am, but on October 19th I am going to show you.  I hope you'll join me for a two hour online class about the fundamentals of building a Drupal site.  This class is ideal for those of you who are just getting started using Drupal, or who are curious about why and how you should use it.  As I am sure you know, Drupal is beh more>>

Learning is Childsplay

After I finished my recent articles on Teaching with Tux and Learning with Gcompris, I received a couple of suggestions from readers that I take a look at Childsplay. I spent some time looking at Childsplay and if you have small children, I think you should too. more>>

Learning with Gcompris

In my last article, Teaching with Tux, I wrote about teaching children with the Tux Educational programs. Today, I'm going to discuss the Gcompris education suite. Gcompris is meant for younger children from 2 to 10 years old, though it seems to focus on the younger part of this range. more>>

Teaching with Tux

As a homeschooling family, my wife and I are very involved in our children's education and since we're both a couple of nerds, much of our children's education is done on the computer. more>>

Exploring Advanced Math with Maxima

When I took Calculus in college, my Professor would give us substantial partial credit for test problems that we got wrong for minor arithmetic errors, and rightfully so, too. Sometimes even simple-sounding problems resulted in a full page, or more, of calculations. Simply changing a -1 to a +1 early on in a problem could be completely devastating. more>>

Computer Logic Design with KTechLab

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about a digital and analog circuit simulator called ksimus. One of my readers asked what the difference was between ksimus and ktechlab so I thought I'd take a look at ktechlab. more>>

Teaching Math with the KDE Interactive Geometry Program

I've written quite a bit about using Linux to help educate people. In the past, I've discussed using Linux to teach astronomy, programming and computer logic design. So today, I'm writing about using the KDE Interactive Geometry (Kig) program to teach mathematics. Kig allows you to use various tools to diagram and demonstrate different mathematical concepts. more>>

Digital and Analog Circuit Simulation with Ksimus

I took a Computer Logic Design class in college, so when I stumbled upon the Ksimus Circuit Simulator, I was intrigued. At the risk of waxing nostalgic, I remember what it was like to build circuits in school. We'd spend hours the night before the lab designing our circuit, being careful to list each interconnection. We had to keep track of which pin numbers on each chip were to be connected. more>>

Teaching Programing Skills to Children with Logo

As a parent of three young boys, I often think about what it's going to take to be competitive in the job market of the future. Obviously, they'll need solid reading, writing, math and science skills, with history, literature and art thrown in to make them well-rounded. Being a computer nerd myself, I recognize the value of even basic computer skills. more>>

Improve Your Intelligence with Brain Workshop

Everywhere you turn there are "brain training" games that claim to help you "lower your brain age" or "boost your brain power" and other such marketing hyperbole. Much like saying a certain breakfast cereal is "more satisfying" than other cereals, these claims are basically meaningless. more>>

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