Another year has come to a close. It is time to begin preparations for the next year. This is a most important time for any teacher, but especially for technology instructors because the material changes so rapidly and we owe it to our students to do our best to update materials. It might be OK to teach English or Geometry with a 2 or 3 year old book but digital technology can be obsolete in months or even weeks.
For me this will be a particularly busy summer because I am also preparing to present Java game development at the WeTeach_CS in June in Austin. If you are a Computer Science teacher you should definitely make plans to attend. If you are thinking about becoming a Computer Science teacher you will be able to sign up for a $1000 stipend for passing the CS exam. You REALLY need to consider attending. I will also be attending a training session at the Colorado School of Mines in July to become a Bootstrap evangelist. If you have not heard of Bootstrap, drop me a line. It is a great way to teach Computer Programming and Algebra at the same time. Finally I will be presenting at the OnRamps Summer Conference in Austin towards the end of July. I am taking the family to Colorado for that presentation and we will spend a week there afterwards for a vacation. Yes, teachers get to goof off all summer…right.
Meanwhile I am committed to revamp and polish my courses for the summer. I am also committed to adding Captivate content to my coursework. I have completed the first lesson in basic programming and integrated the SCORM package into Canvas. Now it is just a matter of grinding them out until they are done. I think I will track my progress in Captivate as I add content. If you are interested in using Adobe Captivate then stay tuned. I will add “how-to” content as I update. I am also trying to introduce Muvizu animations as an instructional tool. Wish me luck on that one.
I am also going to focus on developing video content from my class. I have an acceptable camera and tripod. Now I just need to figure out how to video classes without using a camera operator. I am also doing a considerable amount of audio recording using Captivate and Camtasia to build online lessons. My goal is to make my class completely available over the Internet for students who are absent on any given day.
If that was not enough to do for the summer, I am also learning to speak and read and write conversational Japanese. Thus far I have almost completed Hiragana and I have begun Katakana and even started the Kanji. If you are already a non-native Japanese speaker I would really like to hear how you managed it. Needless to say the summer is a busy time for teachers.
Well I think that is quite enough for one summer so I am going to get busy.
(Enjoy the summer)