My Best Teaching Is One-on-One


Of course, I team teach and do special lessons, etc.


But my best work in the classroom is after the lesson is over --
going one-on-one,
helping individual students with their assignments.


It's kind of like with computer programs, walking the client through hands-on.
The job isn't really done until the customer is using the program.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Getting some use out of Android

This is going to try to be a positive post.

First, a list of applications I'm using regularly (on the train and at Church, mostly):

  • Jota+ -- text editor -- after learning (erk) more of the "gestures" (like how to let my finger just sit long enough on an icon), I have figured out how to start a selection. Also, an external (hardware) keyboard is sometimes useful.
  • Elecom bluetooth portable keyboard (real hardware) -- I have the old flexible one. Flexible means I have to put it on something flat to use it. Bluetooth means that I really can't use it when the WIFI is active, or when lots of people around me are using WIFI and/or the wireless phone network. Bluetooth stutters and repeats like crazy and does other undesirable things when there's a lot of stuff going on in those frequency ranges.
  • USB keyboard -- A cheap one, for using at home. Nothing special. But the physical keyboard is just more useable than the touch-screen keyboard, especially when I want to use control keys and Japanese input.
  • EMobile portable router -- Without this, I couldn't really use the thing as a portable. However, I'm not fully satisfied with it, and the lack of source code is a serious pain. I'm pretty sure there's a full-fledged GPL violation hiding in there. And the result is that I can't tweak the settings. Using it on the train is a bit hit-and-miss. And at church, sometimes it just won't connect.
  • Book of Mormon, Gospel Library, and several other apps from the Church. I can read the scriptures in English or Japanese. If my Spanish were good enough, I could read them in Spanish, too! Lots of languages. Except the Bible. I have the Bible (King James Version) in English on the tablet, but copyright issues prevent the Church from publishing the Bible in most languages other than English. But if the WIFI connection is good, I can get the tablet to read the scriptures out loud to me, too.
  • Firefox is in the Play Store after all! I also use Google's browser, of course.
  • Google's stuff: map, mail, quickoffice and spreadsheet (way limited), map, earth, youtube.
  • Debian No Root -- finding ways to make it work for me. I can run gcc on it, and vim. Synaptic blows up on me from time to time, but apt-get works okay. gedit wouldn't load by synaptic, but "apt-get install gedit" took two tries and got it. YAY! A real text editor!
  • Terminal IDE -- This helps immensely with making the Android development stuff more accessible for people like me that just have to use C.
My initial impression was pretty negative.

Currently, well there seem to be ways around the stupid artifacts of corporate culture. [Update, August 18th: Not enough.]

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