Learning to use Inkscape

I have been dedicating my Winter Break to learning some new things and have been successful with Inkscape thanks in large part to a great online book. The book itself is called Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program and was written by Tavmjong Bah. The book is available online (with a well organized index… Continue reading Learning to use Inkscape

Critique: Scratch

Scratch is a colorful, visually-appealing programming tool for children and teenagers. It was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, “with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, Nokia, and MIT Media Lab research consortia.” With this impressive pedigree, it is impressive that Scratch is also free software.… Continue reading Critique: Scratch

Critique: Jing

Several of my colleagues recently returned from a Middle School conference where they were inspired by teachers and guest speakers to think more creatively about their use of IT. This has resulted in a noticable uptick in interest in some of the things I have been sharing at school. I am excited that many of… Continue reading Critique: Jing

Thoughts about Scratch@MIT

After months of anticipation, I arrived yesterday for the Scratch@MIT conference here in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). The conference is being held in the MIT Media Lab building, which is only a block away from my hotel. The morning started with a keynote by Mitchel Resnik, who introduced the Scratch Project itself and the ideas behind… Continue reading Thoughts about Scratch@MIT

Created from Scratch – MIT News Office

The MIT News website has posted a preview article about the Scratch conference this week. Written by David Chandler, the article offers a nice overview of both the Scratch software itself, a brief introduction the larger Scratch Project, and a great quote by Mitchel Resnik. “‘It’s grown beyond our greatest expectations,’ says Media Lab professor… Continue reading Created from Scratch – MIT News Office

Notes in Moodle 1.9

One of the coolest new features in Moodle 1.9 is the notes tool. Notes are available to any teacher when viewing an individual student’s profile page. Clicking on the Notes tab for a student lets the teacher create a small block of text fot that student (i.e. the note). This text can be private (for… Continue reading Notes in Moodle 1.9

Followup on Pencil

Several weeks ago I wrote about my discover of and interest in Pencil, a multi-platform FLOSS animation tool. My 8th grade eStories students downloaded Pencil and installed it into their PHD Applications folder and prepared to begin creating animations. We had all reviewed the basic principals of frame-by-frame animation, the differences between vector and bitmap… Continue reading Followup on Pencil

Moodle nudges forward | E-learning | EducationGuardian.co.uk

The Guardian reported yesterday that Moodle continues to move ahead in the U.K. despite the efforts of vendors to slow this movement. The article cites a Tim Clarke of RM who does an admirable job of trotting out the usual, tired FUD arguments: “The costs of implementing are more than a licence cost. What are… Continue reading Moodle nudges forward | E-learning | EducationGuardian.co.uk