An article I wrote in June for District Administration magazine titled “Report from EduComm 2007” is now online at their site.

The photo on page 2 of the article next to the heading “The Power of Digital Photography and Music” is of Scott Perloff (another EduComm ’07 presenter) giving me a fast lesson in MicroWorlds EX!

MicroWorlds lesson

MicroWorlds EX Robotics software is the program Scott, Gary Stager, Martin Levins and others recommend for controlling Lego robotics kits (Lego Mindstorms) in lieu of the iconic-programming language software which now ships with the kits. Programs written in MicroWorlds EX are exportable and shareable in ways the iconic programs developed with the latest Lego software are NOT.

student working on lego robotics

I have yet to try my hand at lego robotics, but I have kids in the house who are itching to get started. We’re starting by learning and playing with Scratch. Maybe later this school year we’ll find a way (and money) to move into the lego robotics world!

EduComm 2007 was a good conference, and was certainly held in a great location (Anaheim.) I obtained permission from many of the presenters this year to share their presentations as podcasts— my favorite was definitely Alan Kay’s keynote!

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One Response to Report from EduComm 2007

  1. Kern Kelley says:

    If you’re looking into Lego Mindstorms type sets, don’t forget to check out http://www.picocricket.com also. Partially designed by Dr. Resnick (who I got to see at BLC yay!) and has a very different feel than the Legos. We use both with our students in our tech classes.

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