Bill MacKenty

 
 
 

Need a procedurally generated country?

Posted in Computer Science Teaching Diary on 29 - January 2023 at 03:46 PM (about 4 hours ago)

Every once in a while one of my students hits the ball out of the park...

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DEIJ - part one

Posted in Personal on 25 - January 2023 at 06:01 PM (4 days ago)

Describe diversity...

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Current thinking about chatGPT

Posted in Computer Science Teaching Diary on 22 - January 2023 at 07:12 AM (one week ago)

How should a high school computing teacher use chatGPT?

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Writing a report card comment generator

Posted in Computer Science Teaching Diary on 20 - January 2023 at 06:12 AM (one week ago)

Saving time whilst providing accurate information about a students progress isn't easy, but certainly worth it...

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Multiple versions of PHP on the same web server

Posted in Linux Personal on 18 - January 2023 at 06:42 AM (one week ago)

looks like a job for PHP-FPM...

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#dungeon23

Posted in Personal Twitter on 08 - January 2023 at 09:56 AM (3 weeks ago)

I've decided to take part in #dungeon23, a distracting and fun project to build a little bit of a dungeon everyday. But I've decided to approach it a bit differently...

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Mastering uncertainty: A predictive processing account of enjoying uncertain success in video game play

Posted in Games in education Practical Advice on 06 - January 2023 at 01:48 PM (3 weeks ago)

Why do we seek out and enjoy uncertain success in playing games? Game designers and researchers suggest that games whose challenges match player skills afford engaging experiences of achievement, competence, or effectance—of doing well...

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Our Wisla

Posted in Bushcraft on 01 - January 2023 at 07:30 AM (4 weeks ago)

A warm day, the last day of 2022 and that magic of nature...

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The bear

Posted in Writing on 30 - December 2022 at 05:28 AM (one month ago)

There is a bear with a reputation for being strong and intimidating, but something is wrong...

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setting up a podcast

Posted in Personal on 27 - December 2022 at 11:41 AM (one month ago)

Is a lot of work. But...

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Merry Christmas!

Posted in Personal on 25 - December 2022 at 06:04 AM (one month ago)

On coming together and being in connection...

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Building an LMS (or virtual learning experience) - part 3 of 3

Posted in Teaching Diary on 21 - December 2022 at 09:26 AM (one month ago)

Setting up high quality digital resources takes a long time, but once we've set it up, it provides value for a long time.

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Building an LMS (or virtual learning experience) - part 2 of 3

Posted in Teaching Diary on 20 - December 2022 at 07:01 AM (one month ago)

On the importance of H5P...

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Building an LMS (or virtual learning experience) - part 1 of 3

Posted in Teaching Diary on 19 - December 2022 at 09:22 AM (one month ago)

It's not about the technology, it's about the learning...

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Displaying courses in grid format on moodle homepage

Posted in Computer Science HOWTO Teaching Diary on 16 - December 2022 at 03:34 PM (one month ago)

After much searching I was lucky to get a helpful reply from a friendly moodler. Read on...

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just trying to make it to vacation…

Posted in Blogging Personal on 15 - December 2022 at 05:38 AM (one month ago)

With two days left until christmas vacation, we are all trying to get to the end of the week with grace, humour, and high-energy

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Procedural fantasy weapon generator

Posted in Games in education Practical Advice Teaching Diary on 13 - December 2022 at 05:47 PM (one month ago)

If you ever needed to procedurally generate a fantasy weapon with a history, backstory and special abilities, here's your code!

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As far as dinners go,

Posted in Writing on 12 - December 2022 at 05:59 AM (one month ago)

An hour drive through the first real snowstorm, a spectacular meal, two young effervescent boys, a fire in the backyard amidst the blowing snow, wonderful company and engaging conversation...

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chatGPT part 3: how do I know you know?

Posted in Computer Science Teaching Diary on 10 - December 2022 at 08:57 AM (one month ago)

Out-of-school coding assignments are no longer as important as being able to understand the code. The return of oral exams?

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chatGPT part 2: how we change our teaching and student learning

Posted in Teaching Diary Writing on 07 - December 2022 at 05:39 AM (one month ago)

A high school student asks, "what will I do for work with chatGPT around?"

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chatGPT: teaching computing

Posted in Computer Science Teaching Diary on 04 - December 2022 at 08:14 AM (about 2 months ago)

What is the answer when asking an AI to please describe the most effective techniques and methods of teaching high school computer science?

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Sabbatical learning - part 2

Posted in Blogging Personal Writing on 03 - December 2022 at 04:46 AM (about 2 months ago)

How to best set the stage for new learning?

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Coming together and eating

Posted in Personal on 27 - November 2022 at 10:10 AM (2 months ago)

So simple, so profound and so togethering. How eating together brings us together...

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Enjoying the moment

Posted in on 26 - November 2022 at 05:31 AM (2 months ago)

Cooking large meals can be fraught with anxiety. Here's how I battle it

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Sabbatical learning - part 1

Posted in Blogging on 23 - November 2022 at 06:47 PM (2 months ago)

The plan for learning

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Robotics

Posted in Teaching Diary on 19 - November 2022 at 05:50 AM (2 months ago)

Truly a wonderful learning opportunity...

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Procedural generation as a teaching approach

Posted in Computer Science Teaching Diary on 17 - November 2022 at 05:09 AM (2 months ago)

In computing, procedural generation is a method of creating data algorithmically as opposed to manually, typically through a combination of human-generated assets and algorithms coupled with computer-generated randomness and processing power (ref).

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update from Poland

Posted in Blogging Writing on 16 - November 2022 at 05:09 AM (2 months ago)

A Russian missile strike in Poland...

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Different categories of games in education

Posted in Games in education Practical Advice on 14 - November 2022 at 03:19 AM (2 months ago)

Nuance and discernment, baby

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saying goodbye to an idea

Posted in Blogging Writing on 10 - November 2022 at 04:49 AM (2 months ago)

This is actually a thing...

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