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 indexContinue 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 ofContinue 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 behindContinue 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 professorContinue reading “Created from Scratch – MIT News Office”

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 bitmapContinue 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 areContinue reading “Moodle nudges forward | E-learning | EducationGuardian.co.uk”