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Welcome Teachers!

Kathy Sierra
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Howdy all,
Welcome to our new forum on Java education -- an idea from fellow javarancher and Java teacher Ken Kousen (thanks Ken!)
This is for anyone who's interested in Teaching/Instructing/Training, including topics like:
Learning Theory
Techniques and ideas for teaching Java
Techniques and ideas for teaching programming languages in general
Specific classroom ideas
Distance learning
Online Learning
Teaching through books
Memory
Strategies for improving understanding, retention, and recall
Test-taking strategies
Motivating the learners... etc.
Adapting to different styles
What should be in a Java course?
And although this is the dead LAST place to have your Java questions answered, we also welcome those learners who are interested in becoming better *learners*. If you're prepping for an exam, or you just want to learn more about how make these things really stick to your brain, join us. You might have some good ideas for the teachers as well.
Cheers,
Kathy
Kenneth A. Kousen
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Hi Kathy,
I'm very happy this forum is finally here. I don't know of any other forum, online or otherwise, for decent discussions of how to teach Java-related topics. I'm looking forward to hanging out here entirely too often.
My primary job is as a Senior Instructor teaching training classes in industry. I teach the full range of Java courses for the Golden Consulting Group (www.goldencg.com) ranging from Intro to Advanced to Server Side to UML to OOAD to EJB's to WebSphere, and all of our XML courses as well. In my spare time (??) I'm also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rensselaer at Hartford (www.rh.edu), where I mostly teach Object Structures (which is pretty much data structures in Java).
With all of that, I have to say that I think Kathy's _Head First Java_ book is the best introductory Java book I've ever seen.


Kenneth A. Kousen, Ph.D. (assorted certs), President, Kousen IT, Inc.
Author of Making Java Groovy - http://www.kousenit.com
Pauline McNamara
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Yeeha! I'm looking forward to spending time here.
Bert Bates
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Well what if a teacher wanted to talk about teaching Tomcat, or Open Office?
I'm hoping that teaching technical topics in general will be 'in bounds' at this here lounge!


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Thomas Paul
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The description says nothing about Java: "A place for teachers to talk about teaching and students to give out apples!"


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Kenneth A. Kousen
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Or should that be "giving out applets"
After all, an applet a day keeps the doclet away.
Kathy Sierra
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Originally posted by Kenneth Kousen:
Or should that be "giving out applets"
After all, an applet a day keeps the doclet away.

<Serious groan>

I'm going to have to remember that one
Well, if only some of those 'memory' books I've been reading would 'take'.
Kenneth A. Kousen
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At least applets are good for you. If you have too many choclets your MIDlet suffers the consequences.
DC Dalton
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WOOOOOOOOOW, I just found this topic .... OH Boy is this one GREAT!
I have taught Java at a NJ IT school for 2 years now & man could I have used this one a few thousand times!
We teach Java in two units (each about 8 weeks, 2 nights a week) & I have to say it is SOOO frustrating trying to cram all of this in in that time. These two units are the last ones before they graduate, they have had Logic & OO Concepts, VB, Oracle, HTML, Javascript & DHTML before these, But none of this seems to prepare them for Java or the first day I say to them "Now code it" .... Oh my lord the faces I get. I should also note that we (attempt to) take them through the basics, servlets, swing & networking in these 16 weeks. My opinion WAY too much but the "powers that be" wont back down!
My hat's off to whomever started this tread ........ Finally somewhere for us teachers to bounce ideas off of each other!
Thomas Paul
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We had a two night a week class last semester but I told them it was too much and they went to one night a week this semester. But that means that on Mondays I teach Java and Wednesdays I teach C#! I am going to be very confused!
 
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