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Old 02-21-2015, 07:26 PM
 
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Hi,

Okay, I know I'm not an expert programmer; I only know a little HTML and CSS as well as have working knowledge of some plug-and-play programs. Be that as it may, though, I'm a hands-on learner and would like to design about five new technology projects for my next teaching job interview. Does anyone have any ideas? I would like to be able to solve a problem I frequently encounter as a teacher / interim teacher with these projects.

Some ideas include:
A program that keeps track of students when they walk through the door. Roll is taken care of.
A program that helps students study for tests
An educational game that covers most of the common core standards for certain subjects in certain grade levels.
An old-school maze game that helps children review their history / literature facts.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:21 PM
 
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I think python scripts running on a raspberry-pi can help solve the above.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:26 PM
 
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I think python scripts running on a raspberry-pi can help solve the above.
I've heard about raspberry-pi. Can you give me more information?
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:37 PM
 
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I've heard about raspberry-pi. Can you give me more information?
That's a pretty broad question, buy an rPi and start tinkering
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:54 AM
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Seems like you already have some ideas.

Pick a target (web? desktop? phone/tablet? any particular operating system?), pick a language, and get to work.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:06 AM
 
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Is there a way to make Python feel less like a really complicated calculator? I just started learning, but how can I cut to the fun stuff?
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:37 AM
 
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I've heard about raspberry-pi. Can you give me more information?
i was in a hackathon some time ago. (we used pifm to broadcast a message of the latest area visted by an id badge.)

there is a still of the radio x-ceiver we worked on (around :20 seconds -- bottom rite):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vf0Z_zPN1c

pi is just a small credit-card sized computer that runs a linux distro. it was meant to get school children involved in computing but many hobbyist use them for small hardware and programming projects because they are tiny, cheap and not very powerful.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:43 AM
 
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Is there a way to make Python feel less like a really complicated calculator? I just started learning, but how can I cut to the fun stuff?
I am more of a c programmer. I experimented with a few xbmc addons which are written in python. if python ain't your flavor then perhaps bash scripting would be more ideal. boot up a linux live-usb. open a command-line terminal and start with hello-world. then discover how to prompt the user for input and store a variable. then figure out reading in a file and writing out to a file...
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:22 AM
 
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Hi,

Okay, I know I'm not an expert programmer; I only know a little HTML and CSS as well as have working knowledge of some plug-and-play programs. Be that as it may, though, I'm a hands-on learner and would like to design about five new technology projects for my next teaching job interview. Does anyone have any ideas? I would like to be able to solve a problem I frequently encounter as a teacher / interim teacher with these projects.

Some ideas include:
A program that keeps track of students when they walk through the door. Roll is taken care of.
A program that helps students study for tests
An educational game that covers most of the common core standards for certain subjects in certain grade levels.
An old-school maze game that helps children review their history / literature facts.
I'd do something web related and practical, so probably something that helps students study with practice questions, or some sort of educational thing. Maybe you could randomize the questions. It would be really nice if you could store and depict the scores across all the students anonymously, since that would help you gauge where to focus on any final test prep. So it would help teacher and students. Just an idea.
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