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by pvgb
Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:08 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Are you (forum veteran) disappointed with the r-pi launch?
Replies: 31
Views: 4875

Re: Are you (forum veteran) disappointed with the r-pi launch?

<t>Realistically, I never expected to get a Pi from the first tranche - the amount of interest and excitement meant that the release of the first batch would be a feeding frenzy of the first order. It won't stop me from getting board(s) in the future. (or at least trying)<br/> <br/> When I saw the r...
by pvgb
Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 139109

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>We are all so tied into what language to teach that we never seem to stop and think *how* to teach.<br/> <br/> Traditionally we start with a few key words, practice with them, give a few more key words, practice, rinse and repeat.<br/> <br/> Is this really the best way to do it ?<br/> <br/> Sugge...
by pvgb
Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Greatest game of all time
Replies: 152
Views: 36783

Re: Greatest game of all time

<t>Another vote for Colossal Caves ( I learnt so much about programming when I was porting this ... Especially how to use comments to inform )<br/> <br/> Other personal choices:<br/> <br/> Atic Atac<br/> <br/> Starship Titanic<br/> <br/> Half Life<br/> <br/> Neverwinter Nights<br/> <br/> Mass Effect...
by pvgb
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:29 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Too much focus on programming?
Replies: 46
Views: 9079

Re: Too much focus on programming?

<r>manicgeek said:<br/> <br/> <br/> They can actually be part of something they and their peers will use, in other aspects of their education... you'll need to keep a wary eye out for games being surreptitiously hidden inside the word processor though <br/> <br/> <br/> Surely nobody would do that !<...
by pvgb
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Too much focus on programming?
Replies: 46
Views: 9079

Re: Too much focus on programming?

<t>Programming, as an activity, underpins everything we do with computers.<br/> <br/> The skills that we learn when we learn to program are, in general, skills that we can use in many other contexts, including all of the design/create tasks that get honourable mention in other posts in this thread.<...
by pvgb
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pi Character
Replies: 84
Views: 16367

Re: Pi Character

<t>Steady_Bear said: <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Filthy Lie! I never said such a thing <br/> <br/> <br/> Oops ! made a mistake with the nested quotes ! ( Never any curly braces when you need them !).  Please accept my apology - It was of course scep who said this.<br/> <br/> The sad thing is...
by pvgb
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pi Character
Replies: 84
Views: 16367

Re: Pi Character

<t>scep said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Steady_Bear said:<br/> <br/> Most 'educational experts' have never been at the chalkface. Ever.<br/> <br/> <br/> Economists assume a balanced economy.<br/> <br/> The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is so mind-bogglingly stupid that it assumes that if someone cannot...
by pvgb
Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 139109

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>Dijkstra was famous for his "pronouncements". Apparently these were often intended to stir debate rather than be taken seriously. "Use of goto considered harmful" was another one, but probably triggered the (block) structured programming movement.<br/> <br/> We also have "The use of COBOL cripple...
by pvgb
Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 139109

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>From memory: ( all approximations )<br/> <br/> 20% of the adult population of Britain is functionally illiterate.<br/> <br/> My guess is that more are functionally innumerate. I cannot fully support support the idea that programming is only mathematics, but I believe that the same sort of cogniti...
by pvgb
Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finally someone's doing something
Replies: 31
Views: 5527

Re: Finally someone's doing something

<t>I imagine being an ICT teacher feels like being slapped in the face every day.<br/> <br/> Teaching the disinterested the same old stuff year in, year out, trapped in a straight-jacket  unambitious curriculum ...<br/> <br/> If it was just a few teachers scattered here and there that were not doing...
by pvgb
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 139109

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>1aws said:<br/> <br/> <br/> You appear to be thinking only of the brighter children. I don't want to scare you but I have posted below a copy of a couple of very basic foundation questions in a maths exam. Probably 2 of the harder questions.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Was VAT to be charged on t...
by pvgb
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 139109

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>I've only been mentally crippled by about 8 different versions of Basic, so you will have to bear with me.<br/> <br/> Of those different dialects, every one I have used since about 1985 has provided the facility to write your own functions with parameters and brackets and stuff. ( And for the BBC...
by pvgb
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Suject entry age ?.
Replies: 19
Views: 3485

Re: Suject entry age ?.

<t>This is where it gets complicated. My suspicion is that we should encourage children to start using computers as soon as possible. With the profusion of consoles, hand held games and phones that even young children have access to, I think that they already do this.<br/> <br/> At what point do we ...
by pvgb
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Suject entry age ?.
Replies: 19
Views: 3485

Re: Suject entry age ?.

<t>tufty said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Alternatively, of course, we could just shove the snot-nosed little runts up chimneys where they belong from the age of 4.  It" would save on teacher salaries, too, so good for the hole in the public purse.  In fact, it"s such an obvious solution, I can"t imagine why...
by pvgb
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 31045

Re: Best first language choice

<t>Ollie Barbor said: <br/> <br/> <br/> It"s happened again, no one has agreed on anything. lol<br/> <br/> Python and Java has came up a lot so i will most likely pick them two. I have already done about 10-12 hours of work with python and have learn quite a bit. <br/> <br/> I was thinking<br/> <br/...
by pvgb
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 31045

Re: Best first language choice

<t>Dazzler said: <br/> <br/> <br/> No trying to provoke an argument (I am not well armed in programming knowledge ) but there seems very little Darwinism in coding.<br/> <br/> A Bit of Wiki"ing:<br/> <br/> Java 1995<br/> <br/> Javascript 1995<br/> <br/> PERL 1987<br/> <br/> Python 1991<br/> <br/> C ...
by pvgb
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Best first language choice
Replies: 140
Views: 31045

Re: Best first language choice

<t>Funny isn't it. I have been listening to and taking part in the debate of "which is the best language" and "which is the best first language" for over twenty years now, and I am possibly less sure now than I was then. ( I used to be indecisive, but now I am not so sure ... )<br/> <br/> Perhaps th...
by pvgb
Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 139109

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<r>I suddenly wondered which dialect of Basic we are talking about - Dartmouth Basic ?<br/> <br/> ( Did gosub as I remember, but also had matrix operations built in )<br/> <br/> Somebody has compiled a list of Basic (derived languages) and popped it onto<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://en.wikipedia.org/...
by pvgb
Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 29112

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>I found myself wondering if the much vaunted "Ribbon" interface on some productivity packages was designed to confuse the issue of training/education - after all, their interface now looks so different that it is not an intuitive leap between Libre/Open Office and the "market leader". ( On the ra...
by pvgb
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Moodle?
Replies: 18
Views: 14783

Re: Moodle?

timmeyh said:


pvgb said:


Plus Webmin to administer the box


People still use Webmin?


I can think of one ... It does what I need to do.

Always happy to consider suggestions for improvements !
by pvgb
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: RP-B used as Downloader with separate box as storage
Replies: 20
Views: 4435

Re: RP-B used as Downloader with separate box as storage

<t>In theory, WoLAN is fairly simple - you just send a "magic packet" to the target.<br/> <br/> The exact details on how well it works seems to vary across products. ( Different cards, operating systems, different S States ... )<br/> <br/> Just been looking at the specs for the USB/Ethernet controll...
by pvgb
Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 29112

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>In my experience, central services departments ( Includes things like IT support departments ) are largely oriented to a position of providing the service they want to provide. As they have been hired for their expertise ("He is in the computer support department, he must know all about computing...
by pvgb
Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Looking for a low power LAMP server solution, is this it?
Replies: 18
Views: 5916

Re: Looking for a low power LAMP server solution, is this it?

<t>I have also run a LAMP machine ( admittedly with more RAM ) with similar specs, and It has run a low traffic Wordpress installation for over a year with no real problems. ( The 4G card is about half full ). I don't see a Simplemachines install being any different.<br/> <br/> You may have to turn ...
by pvgb
Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 139109

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>tufty said: <br/> <br/> <br/> pvgb said:<br/> <br/> <br/> tufty said:<br/> <br/> BASIC covers some of the very first bases of programming – structure, control flow …<br/> <br/> As part of your polemic you cite the key argument for BASIC !<br/> <br/> <br/> The point that you missed is that that's ...
by pvgb
Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:18 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Moodle?
Replies: 18
Views: 14783

Re: Moodle?

<r>Moodle claims to run in 256 RAM, and suggests 1G RAM for every 50 Users.<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/I.....ing_Moodle">http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/I.....ing_Moodle</URL><br/> <br/> I actually run Moodle on a low spec. box as a sandpit ( to try things out ) The whole LAMP se...

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