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Students – be curious, be engaged, wonder why & how… get to know your teachers and ask lots of questions… seek to find relevance beyond what is presented in the classroom… create your own learning network beyond the classroom walls… and you will succeed, not just in school, but in life. Now go forth, and learn!


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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 52 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 277 posts.

The busiest day of the year was October 29th with 52 views. The most popular post that day was student comments.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were networkedblogs.com, collegeteacher.org, mycrazyreader.info, gabcast.com, and eclass.uoa.gr.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for middle school robotics, robotics for middle school, robotics middle school, quotable quotes learning, and robotics in middle school.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


student comments October 2010


middle school robotics June 2008
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About Debby April 2006


What Makes a Great Teacher July 2010


CodeCruncher Links 06/24/2010 June 2010

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Had a chance to chat with an online student this afternoon. He is a naval aviator and was deployed to Japan a few weeks ago. It’s put him behind on some things and he wanted to see if he could catch up. One of the first things he said was:
MW: I have been introduced to many new technologies in your class and I must say they are extremely useful. I wish I had taken this class sooner. I will try using google video chat with my family back home. I didn’t notice there was a chat box in email until you just texted me right now.
We chatted about topics he could use for some of the assignments and I suggested that he write about things he is familiar with, like aviation technology, because that would be quite interesting.
MW: Many of us in the military sometimes forget that what is daily routine work for us may be very interesting for folks back home.
me: yep… I have to keep that perspective also when I teach “newbies”. What is routine and normal for me is like magic to some of them.
MW: You are absolutely right. The first time I attend your class I thought the things you do were magical!
me: it’s only magical when the internet goes “POOF” and you aren’t expecting it 🙂
We talked about being deployed and I had another idea for him:
MW: Navy usually keep us flyboys in for a long time. In a sense we feel home sick after the first few months.
me: so here’s another topic idea… how technology (or what technology) facilitates communication home when you are deployed at sea or far away.
MW: That’s a very interesting topic. Most of us are still using “freedom card” for calls and after taking this class I feel there must be better ways to keep in touch with folks back home.
me: freedom cards?
MW: It’s like a calling card we use to call home. We get certain allowance every month.
MW: I feel with the new internet communication like we mentioned in class with youtube, twitter, and google chat are all good alternatives.
me: is there internet access when you are on the ship?
MW: We have internet access but it is not reliable. It is censored and when the CO doesn’t like it will be shut down in the name of mission status.

It was a good chat. Nice to hear that what I am teaching is being put to practical use in the real world 🙂

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A former student posted this to my FB page today. It made me stop and think. I can only hope that I’ve impacted some of their lives the way that Randy impacted his students and colleagues. I’m not sure I deserve the comparison…

Alex H: Hey Debby, you have seen the Last Lecture right. The professor that gives the lecture reminds me of you alot. Here is the link if you haven’t seen it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo It’s about an hour long, but its worth every second to watch. You should also recomend your students to watch it.

Me: I have seen it… and I have the book that was made from it. It’s a very humbling thing to watch… thank you for thinking of me when you saw it. That, too, is humbling 🙂

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“A teacher that can be replaced by a machine, should be.”

~ Arthur C. Clarke to Sugata Mitra http://on.ted.com/8fRd (an idea worth spreading!)

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student comments

The one variable I have noticed from taking online courses is the content and layout of the webpage.  I have enrolled in classes that when you open the syllabus it causes your eyes to cross and in my opinion this makes students panic at first.  I have to say, not to suck up to the teacher, but this course is laid out very well in my opinion.
~M.H. (CSCI101, student survey, Fall 2010)

This class is my hardest class, but I am learning and using a lot of what I learn.
~A.W. (CSCI101, Week 8 Checking In, Fall 2010)

When I first enrolled in this class I had no clue how anything regarding my computer worked. You had asked what type of system I was going to us and I thought you were talking in another language. In just a short time I have learned what type of programs my computer has, and most of all how to protect my computer from unauthorized access. I have also learned how to download software into my computer and most important of all how to find it once I have completed the download! Boy that was interesting and easy! Who knew I could create special folders to hold all of my stuff in. I also had my reservation on the use of tweeter. I am a very private person and do not like to give any information to people whom I do not know. I have learned however that not only can I control what I put in tweeter but also I can find out information faster than what my local news can give it to me. Also the news does not always provide information that is important to everyone they might omitt something that I feel would be important to me. I specilly like the timely manner in which you can communicate with your professor and classmates. I think i’m getting the hang of tweeter and like it.
~E.M.  (CSCI101, Week 8 Checking In, Fall 2010)

The thing that is “going well” for me in this class is the way it is broken down as well as the fact that its online and I can make my own schedule.  Going into this class I thought was not going to be a challenging class however I was pleasantly surprised. As for improvement, I see nothing that this class lacks for an entry level computer class.  If anything its more advanced than I would deem a beginner class to be but by no means is it overwhelming.  I honestly thought I had a firm grasp on most of these topics but I have been shown the light.
~M.H.  (CSCI101, Week 8 Checking In, Fall 2010)

The thing I like best about taking your class is you’ve taken the scary out of using and enjoying the PC. I used to be so nervous about unknowingly doing damage to our computer or giving away the family farm. Now I’m much more equipped to succeed in college classes because I am better equipped with basic computer skills. Plus I have a Resource Folder filled with How To handouts and helpful websites. Thank you!!
~D.H. (CSCI 70, Fall 2010)


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