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Comment: Great (Score 1) 87

by pieisgood (#49377531) Attached to: No Film At 11: the Case For the Less-Video-Is-More MOOC

When working on some of the online courses from Udacity I really found it arduous to listen to and watch the videos they posted. The tone of voice used was also kind of annoying.
Just sitting and reading about the concepts is faster, also actually working on the problems provide more education than just listening. I feel that a lot of the harder concepts in GPU computing could have been covered with a small introduction to Monoids , Semi-groups and Groups and those concepts could be better understood in writing than in video.

In any case, I look forward to this minimalist MOOC future.

Comment: Teach them mathematical logic first (Score 1) 215

by pieisgood (#49206669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Strategies For Teaching Kids CS Skills With Basic?

Start with the basics. Teach them the foundational mathematical principles so that they have a command over the base ideas before throwing them into a text editor with a strange new language/syntax. If you want those kids to really learn CS, you need them to understand the math first. I mean, if the goal is to show kids what computers can do with code... then just throw them into the code , but if the goal is for them to understand how they're doing those things... you should start with mathematical logic.

Comment: Lazy (Score 3, Insightful) 50

by pieisgood (#48248851) Attached to: Quake Meets Minecraft in FPS Construction Kit Gunscape

Ace of spades already did a pretty good job. This is just quake with worse everything. The bonus, I guess, is that since it's on a console you can create levels with blocks without having to get your hands dirty with real meshes or textures or any of the other things that make development on the PC difficult. I guess a plus for Xbone players... not so much for anyone else.

Comment: Another center for self absorption (Score 2) 62

by pieisgood (#47838967) Attached to: Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build a Startup Village

Assuming this project succeeded; I can only imagine that this would be another center of self absorbed web techs and recent college grads. People aiming to make 'apps' that will 'change the face of X' and 'rethink how we approach Y'. Yet, these 'apps', will offer half baked solutions to problems that were solved before but now require you to login to a site to work with.

I could just be jealous of high pay for awful work though.

Comment: Re:"Top Learning Language" ...OR... (Score 5, Insightful) 415

by pieisgood (#47409953) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

I think they're going for teaching conditionals, loops, classes, functions and structure. You don't need to teach them about memory allocation, pointers and memory alignment in an introductory class. You can save that for an asm and C course. Or better yet, a memory class (which I've not seen).

Comment: Makes sense (Score 3, Interesting) 415

by pieisgood (#47409877) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

It makes sense. IMHO python removes a lot of the hardware considerations that other languages have. This allows for a focus on the CS material, rather than the engineering material. An advantage over java is that it also supports functional programming. That means that you can teach introductory CS principles in multiple programming styles without having to switch languages. Top it all off with forced indentation (not my favorite thing), which makes beginner code easier to read for instructors and I can see why they did this. Now, later they'll get into asm and C/C++ and memory alignment and paging and all that stuff, but starting out it's nice.

Comment: Nice and all (Score 2) 75

by pieisgood (#47381833) Attached to: Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

I'd like if they supported more popular languages. Personally I'd like to learn Mandarin, but they only server European languages. I'm unsure why they don't support it. My mother speaks mandarin but I've never had the time to go out and take a college course on it, duolingo would be a great resource. Plus, Slashvertisment and what not.

Maybe I'll try it when Eastern languages are supported.

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