Teacher’s Materials, Family, and Hawaii

May 26, 2010 at 10:32 am 4 comments

My main activity for the last couple weeks has been to work on teacher’s materials for the Media Computation website.  I made a pass at cleaning up the front page, making it easier for teachers to navigate to the materials that they need.  (Along the way, we discovered that the media sources that we linked in for the Data Structures book were wrong!  The right ones are now linked there — sorry!)  The largest single consumer-of-hours has been the creation of the Powerpoint slides for the Python Second edition book.  I’ve owed these to teachers for the whole academic year that the new edition has been out, and I’m sorry for the delay.  (My announcement about these slides to the mediacomp-teach mailing list started out with “From the Slow-but-not-Dead Department.”)  I recognize that for many overworked teachers, having a complete set of slides already prepared is necessary to be able to use a new approach or textbook.  I’m now working on updating the Data Structures book slides, since changes happened between the last time I taught the class and us finishing the book.  (For one, my co-author joined the effort, and Barb writes much better code than me.)

But whatever gets done today and tomorrow is all that will get done there for a couple weeks.  Things are crazy here at our house.  We’re hosting a graduation party for our son this weekend, with some five carloads of family coming down from Michigan for it.  So today and some tomorrow is all the work time that I can spare, then I’m in high gear for planning, shopping, and cooking.

The relevant part for this blog is that next Tuesday, June 1, I’m going off-line for 10 days.  This year, my lovely wife and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage, and my parents are celebrating 50 years!  The whole extended family is going to Hawaii to celebrate, leaving on Tuesday June 1, returning June 11. I will not be on-line during this time! No email, no blog.  My apologies for the delay, but it’s time to disconnect.

When I return, I will be heading out almost immediately (June 13) to teach workshops in Amherst and Cambridge, MA.  (Um, whose idea was it to teach 9-5 for five days while jet-lagged?  Oh yeah — mine.)  I will be trying to catch up in the evenings that week, so it may be two weeks before I can post again.

Happy early summer to all of you!

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  • 1. Daniel Hickey  |  May 26, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Mark–
    Just a personal note to wish you a wonderful holiday with your (indeed) lovely wife. And a big fat thank you for keeping me up to date with your regular posts and you great example of what academic blogging should look like. I failed to find that groove and find myself with posts that are too long and dense to maintain. Hopefully this summer will mellow and I can get started again and better follow your excellent example

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  • 2. Norcross schools  |  May 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations on the web site (great stuff!), and 25 years of bliss. Enjoy Hawaii.

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  • 3. Back and Board « Computing Education Blog  |  June 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

    […] 11, 2010 I’m back from an amazing vacation in Hawaii.  Highlights included exploring an undeveloped section of a lava tube, watching eruptions at night […]

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  • 4. Mark Guzdial  |  June 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Thanks to you both for the kind wishes! I’ll try to get back in the groove of regular updates, once the workshops and inbox get handled.
    Cheers!
    Mark

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