Sam Barclay’s goal is to simulate what it’s like for someone with a learning disability while explaining the underlying psychology.
The publication has 70 contributors ‐ primarily from contemporary art and academia ‐ and its 352 pages are bound in ten pocket-sized zine-like volumes. The project takes the topic of DIY culture literally by printing an edition of 300 copies on a hacked photocopier with booklets that were manually folded, stapled and cut. Academic publishing is at a point in history where it deserves to be questioned, and this project proposes that a small-scale run on a photocopier by one person can have more impact than an academic monograph from a major university press.
Teaching Computing to Middle Division Students
So I’m split. I believe computing should be taught to US middle division students as UK’s Computing at School would have it. I’ve made a curriculum for proposal to the State; interested folk can see it here (always looking for collaborators, btw). In the meantime, I’m bound by the state curriculum, which suggests this be an Computer Applications class.
Until I’m over this split, I’m doing it both ways. We’re programming this to satisfy my compulsion to make this a foundation for innovative new thinkers:
To satisfy the State, I’m teaching the image manipulation required by the code, word processing required by documentation, and web literacy through social media. What do you think?
(To use, click on the green start button, then use cursor keys to manoeuvre the red dot through the maze until it reaches the yellowish dot marking the end.)
The code is in Scratch, and inspired by a glance at the book Scratch Programming in Easy Steps. It relies on a maze generated here.
Most any savvy computer user is probably pretty handy with a free compression and archiving tool (like, say, 7-Zip), but not everyone they send files to will be. The Confessions of a Freeware Junkie blog points out that IExpress.exe, a built-in utility you simply type into the “Run” menu in Windows XP or “Start Search” in Vista, can create self-extracting archives to be emailed to anyone using Windows. Just choose “Extract files only” while clicking through the wizard interface, choose the files to be zipped up, and the end user only has to double-click to get them. IExpress also works as an easy way to convert batch files into executables. Need more info on IExpress? Check out Microsoft’s help page on the tool.
Ubuntu 13.10 is out, you’ve upgraded, and you’re wondering what to do now. Don’t fret - here are 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 13.10.
For those of us with open source computing labs…here’s a task list for students to accomplish.
Hope this finds the right people looking to serve a great population in a new facility, just outside DC.
I encourage you to signal boost; it’s a good opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
An Ada Lovelace Day Appreciation Post