NetBeans teaching tips

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I’ve been using NetBeans to teach Computer Science for a while now, but it’s always seemed a bit heavy. Came across a post on the Oracle blogs with a few tips for making NetBeans a little more classroom friendly. So here are a few tips from there along with a couple of tips I’ve come… Read more »

Copyright overkill

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There really are some things that don’t need to be copyrighted. Take the following example for, well, example. Oracle wanted to protect their IP. Sure, it’s only a Hello World program, but they created this specific one. If you want or need a Hello World program in Java, and don’t feel like typing in all… Read more »

Another good use for mod

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Got to admit that mod is one of those topics that I have trouble getting across to my students. Not the idea of what it is and how to do it, but the purpose. The classic isOdd / isEven lab works. It can even be extended a bit into a isDivisible lab. And the College… Read more »

Predicting the stock market with Twitter

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Looks like there may be more to Twitter than just a list of what everybody’s cat is doing. Researchers at Indiana University used 10 million tweets to gauge the collective mood of the users and have been able to predict rises and falls in the Dow Jones with almost a 90% accuracy. More at: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/16074.html

String methods in Scratch BYOB

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Each of the last 3 years we’ve been able to get more and more out of Scratch as it went from 1.2 to 1.4, and especially now with the BYOB 3 version from Berkeley. Adding in the ability to have students build their own methods in Scratch means that we could do a pretty decent… Read more »

Where Americans are moving

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Cool use of technology and data mining. Forbes.com has a map that lets you click on a county and see where people are moving into and out of that county. Red is out of the county and red is in to the county.

CompSci Minor and employment

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Came across a new blog to add to my reader last week called CompSci Woman. I’m always on the lookout for articles to give my students that show computer science as something other than the Office Space view of a pasty white guy sitting in a cubicle or his parents’ basement, and the first couple… Read more »