[Edu-sig] Experience with projecting student screens?

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 18:13:12 CEST 2008

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 8:44 AM, Vern Ceder <vceder at canterburyschool.org> wrote:
> Not so much the split screen, but we have started using iTalc to
> share/monitor/etc student screens. That lets an arbitrary student screen
> appear as the projected screen. iTalk is controlled from the teacher's
> computer, so it's not really spontaneous or student controlled.

Do you have an iTalk link handy, one that describes capabilities in detail?

> On a similar theme, I've also had kids in Python classes write IRC clients
> and bots and interact on an inhouse IRC server. That's actually loads of
> fun, particularly when they start trying to construct bots - lots of
> thinking that goes beyond bare syntax and coding and the like.

Yes, I think we do too little with bots or "active agents" as some
call them, e.g. web crawlers that go out at night and come back with
loads of goodies.

If anyone comes across a good Google Video on daemon architecture, I'm
looking for animations that will help students visualize multiple
processes staying resident in memory.  That helps with the bot concept
as well, although some bots are no more than listeners on a channel,
not much autonomy after the lights go out.


> Cheers,
> Vern
> kirby urner wrote:
>> I wonder if anyone on edu-sig has experience in classrooms that allow
>> switching any student's screen to become the projected screen, even
>> dividing up the projected screen among students (as in some Xbox
>> games).
>> I find students don't always like having their privacy disturbed nor
>> the big brother feel, but understand multi-user game play.
>> With Twisted on the school server, it's increasing easy to devise
>> these multi-user exercises involving teams in a competitive
>> relationship.
>> Not saying every school uses Twisted, duh, just that we have that
>> freedom in some academies, where CP4E type kids get a green light to
>> geek out.
>> The more common design pattern these days is for students to share
>> whats on screen more asynchronously, by swapping YouTubes around.
>> Kirby
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