Teaching

Here you’ll find some of my thoughts on teaching.

  • My spotlight video interview with UC Irvine April 13, 2016
    When I was recently at UC Irvine, my alma mater, I also gave an interview regarding my career since graduating with a computer science degree.  ...
  • Career Simulators March 7, 2016
    Mark Lautenschlager for “Into Tomorrow” wrote a piece entitled “Pondering the Existence of Career Simulators.” While I enjoyed the article’s light tone in regards to the ...
  • My trip to UC Irvine February 29, 2016
    UC Irvine in California is a great school (take a look at the terrific ratings). That’s why I’m both honored and humbled to receive the Hall of Fame ...
  • Popular scientists January 22, 2016
    Seems like every generation has its “cool” scientist.  Einstein was a popular scientist.  Before we had television personalities, when people thought of a genius, they thought ...
  • Accidentally dismissed Outlook reminder February 13, 2015
    I modified a reminder in Outlook, and as I was preparing to delete another reminder, the modified one popped up.  This caused me to accidentally ...
  • Speed reading at The Reading Game December 5, 2014
    As I said in a previous blog, I worked for a time in the 1970’s at The Reading Game, learning centers owned by American Learning ...
  • The Reading Game November 19, 2014
    Out of college, I started my career as a school teacher.  With many long-time teachers staying in the profession back then, it was difficult to ...
  • The slide rule October 31, 2014
    I, and my classmates, used a slide rule in my physics and math courses at UCLA.  I could have purchased a HP pocket calculator for around ...
  • Infographics can be wrong October 31, 2014
    When infographics show data in an interesting way, they can help one quickly comprehend the results.  That’s assuming that the visualization correctly portrays accurate data ...
  • Game with the human body as a map? October 7, 2014
    A few times a year I enjoy perusing the internet to see what new comments I find about my classic video game, “Microsurgeon” (1982 Imagic) ...
  • Computerworld lists MOOCs for techies January 16, 2014
    Computerworld started off the new year with a nice list of “10 great MOOCs for techies“.  MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course.
  • Financial Literacy July 31, 2013
    I can remember teaching high school math students in 1977 how to do some of the calculations on their basic income tax form.  Many of ...
  • Learning 2.0 (or is it 3.0 by now?) June 20, 2013
    It seems that learning is the latest hot term of the decade.  Universities are offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) online for free, video game companies are ...
  • UC Irvine Team Micromouse May 3, 2013
    As a UC Irvine computer science alumnus, I congratulate the university’s Team Micromouse.  This group from the UC Irvine’s Bren School of ICS is the school’s first-time entry in ...
  • Teaching the art of juggling April 29, 2013
    I am a long time amateur juggler, able to perform a few basics with 3 or 4 balls, 3 or 4 rings, or 3 clubs.  ...
  • STEM subjects April 8, 2013
    Adafruit Industries posted their first episode of an educational show aimed at kids.  It’s cute, and at the least it is an attempt to introduce ...
  • U.S. student math skills comparison to international March 28, 2013
    There have been many news articles about U.S. student knowledge and skills in comparison to their international peers.  The International Data Explorer (IDE) on the ...
  • I was #1 this week in Ole Miss Math Contest January 30, 2013
    I was quite pleased this week to discover that I made the top of the list in the Ole Miss Math Contest for Algebra this ...
  • More on my Career Counselor idea January 30, 2013
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics has the Occupational Outlook Handbook online.  This is a terrific source of information regarding the kinds of jobs that exist, ...
  • Serious Games – Career Counselor idea January 2, 2013
    For a long time I’ve had this idea for a Career Counselor series of serious games.  Think of it simply as analgous to the old ...

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