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April 29, 2008

Volunteering 4/21: The youth of 2K

Well another day in the land of punishment. I did the same boring programing stuff i have been doing all along.

To paint a picture for you;
I sit on a cheep folding chair, in a room with no outside windows, pushing buttons on a board attached by a cable to a screen that flashes less than thirty times a second. Can it get anymore unnatural?

I hate this stuff. How in the heck are kids gona get through it? I would be so mad if my parents put me in this/any after school program. These kids are young, 10-14, they should be outside playing, instead this industrial society has them moving around inside renovated churches, reading old books under dim lighting and spending precious minutes of free time pushing buttons on a board attached by a cable to a screen.

It is exactly these types of situations that make me dream about the past.

Alas, only one more volunteer session to serve... and one lifetime thousands of years past due...

April 10, 2008

Volunteering 4/7

Monday volunteering In the lab I worked on evaluating programing code directions for creating geometric designs in Terrapin Logo. I organized the info. by making a spreadsheet to make it easier when categorizing the activities. I listed the page number, the name, the average time it would take to complete the tasks, things you would need, and some general notes on the educational gain. I only got through about ten activities because they got increasingly tricky to think through. Terrapin Logo is based on math (geometry) so i had to think through angles and circumferences etc. I got frustrated on a few problems and noted it. When kids come into the lab with their tutor they get their note card (password) from me. Usually they dont need any assistance from me on the computer, but i suspect when they get introduced to Terrapin Logo they are going to be needing a lot of help. :)


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April 1, 2008

Three Title Pages (Blog 7?)

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