Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Artemis Fowl is getting a movie!

Artemis Fowl books are great! They are about a 12 year old genius who just happens to also be a criminal mastermind. The books are quite fun, and there are a number of them too. The library at school even has some in French, as well as having at least 1 graphic novel, and I think we might have 2. Regardless, while it is always better to read the book first, it will be interesting to see what they manage to do with the movie. The same writer who did Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is writing it, so they might be able to pull it off.

Artemis Fowl Movie

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mapping with Google

I was really excited when I saw that Google was offering this course, Mapping with Google. I saw notice of this at the same time that I saw the notice about the Creative Computing Online Workshop. I love online maps because of the variety of ways they have for looking at information about places. In school I have found them great too. I mean, if you are going to study a place in school, why would you start by looking at a paper map or a text book when you can look online and see real pictures and information that is pretty current. Even better, with a tool like Google Maps. or Scribble Maps, you can add information or annotate the map. The course was great too, it showed how to add information to Google Earth as well. I certainly plan to try and use some of this stuff at school. Even during my Masters program I used Google Maps. I collected stories from people who lived in my area, recorded them, put them online, and posted the stories on a map. It looked pretty cool, and it was an awesome way to tour through the stories.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Creative Computing Online Workshop

I just finished taking a online course from Google called the Creative Computing Online Workshop. It was mostly about using Scratch as a platform to teaching programming and computing concepts to students. It was about 6 weeks long, probably the best educational experience I have ever had. It was well paced, interesting, collaborative, and fun. The only aspect of it that I could find fault with was the starting date. It coincided with the end of school and another Google course, the Mapping with Google Course. It made it hard to squeeze all of the course in during the scheduled weeks. As a result it was slightly harder to keep up with the collaborative lessons that everyone else was taking part in. I still managed to get it all in though, and as a testament to the course it was designed well enough that I really didn't feel like I missed out on very much. The course had a number of interesting topics, with a variety of different ways of learning. I really liked the debugging ones, that gave you a series of projects that had something wrong, or something that needed to be added to make them work properly.

Anyways, here is my final project. It is almost done, I am still trying to get the platforming aspect working just the way I wanted it too.