MediaComp Java from within the browser

February 17, 2011 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

Below is a note that Barb just send to MediaComp teachers. In-browser IDE’s are pretty important for high schools. Some high school districts we work with have draconian IT policies, e.g., by default, ALL websites are disabled from the firewall, and only certain websites are permitted. In these schools, nothing can be installed on any computer. In our children’s school district, all computers are wiped every night and reloaded from a base image. If you (as the teacher) don’t have your program loaded into the image, you either reinstall every day, or you just can’t install Scratch, eToys, Alice, etc. Thus, having tools available through the browser helps teachers to use software apps without dealing with IT.

Dr. Jam Jenkins recently made a prototype of JavaWIDE that includes the Media Computation libraries, and he would like some teachers to try it out and give feedback.  The site is at  For those who have never heard of JavaWIDE, it is an online IDE that supports collaboration, concurrent editing, and version control.

For more information:
Dr. Jam Jenkins
Faculty Administrator
Assistant Professor of Information Technology
Georgia Gwinnett College

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