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Let’s do Tidbits to Pass The Time

WFH? Great, here is a tidbit

Today’s tidbit comes in the form an unwritten rule of English called Ablaut Reduplication.  This is a simple rule to describe why “Tok Tik” sounds weird, but “Tik Tok” doesn’t. 

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Writing Tools

Writing books TLDR?

From Poynter, this two page PDF distills down writing.

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Adding Mr Rogers Back

I keep thinking about this article https://www.middleweb.com/41193/inviting-mr-rogers-into-your-sel-classroom/ and the need to bring Mr Rogers back. I think it is more important as anxiety increases and the climate of the world continues to become more aggressive and toxic.

It may well be the missing component that has been forcibly removed on the PD death march that schools are engaged in which prioritizes everything that can help an administrator without actually leaving any time to be just a teacher.

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Design Charrettes for CS

Almost time to start the detailed planning for the 2019-2020 school year and among the things I relearned this summer at CS4Teachers at the UW was design charrettes. This was a lesson worked on with students who do the K12 outreach for HCDE (Human Centered Design & Engineering) program at the U of W and essentially ran like this article https://www.hcde.washington.edu/news/charettes-k-12-outreach. A quick glance around the UW campus found other places like the CBE (College of Built Environments) http://archpac.be.uw.edu/new-student-charrette/ using them as well.

I will start working on the details the week before school starts as I intend to use this as a new student introduction activity in my IB (International Baccalaureate) CS classes. It isn’t because they require that level of expertise, simply that they really lend themselves to organizing and teaching the process and time for designing and implementing a project which is a key for the year for that program.

It would be really cool to put it into play in the regular course, perhaps in outlining a Mobile game interface, mostly because the Marvel App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marvelapp) made ALL the difference along with the practice.

Reflection: I learned Design Charrettes a few years ago and yet they didn’t jump out at me as they did now that I wish to have a quick way to provide a fundamental design experience to an entire class without lecturing.

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Technology Use In College By The Numbers