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Blending in

One of the most amusing experiences of our trip to Croatia and Slovenia was how often we’d get mistaken for a local. The typical experience went something like this: Me/Helen: “Dobar dan!” Waiter/Ticket Agent/Person on the street/etc: “Moj lebdeći brod je pun jegulja.” Me/Helen: “I’m sorry. I don’t speak Hrvatska!” This happened time and time […]

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Not like at home

Words can’t really do justice to the experience. Deep, blood-red color. Thick, plump, juicy. They were the most arresting tomatoes I’ve ever seen in my life. And they smelled strong, fragrant, earthy. And the taste… Our hostess, Pelmina, explained that she’d bought the tomatoes at a local market on the island of Krk, at the […]

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Priceless

I’ve written many times about the wonderfulness that is open source and free software. Going along with it is free culture and open sharing. It’s a beautiful thing when people give freely, expecting nothing in return but allowing others to use their work and build on it. This past month I’ve been building some materials […]

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Do as I do

Better late than never. I’d required my students to write a plan for the semester and keep a reflective journal on what they’re learning. It’s an experiment, this class: a chance for the students to get credit for self-directed learning. So they’re each learning something different, something they’re interested in. One is learning business models, […]

Computer Science in the IB Diploma Programme

Over the past few years, we’ve been building more opportunities for students at ICS to learn aspects of Computer Science – programming, robotics, logical thinking, etc. As we’ve built those, we’ve had increased enrollment in our programming and computer science courses in the Middle and High Schools. We’ve now reached a point where we think […]