Public school teachers should be concerned with developing and fostering anti-capitalist computing education, but 90% of university CS educators are ideologically opposed to this work.

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Part of the problem with CS education being so higher-ed oriented is that the politics of capitalism end up colonizing public schools, where the issues of teaching and learning computing are very different than those in university programs.

@exquisitecorp
Oh I have the exact same experience! Almost all of my students have zero coding experience.

However, the experiences of novice programmers aren't well-understood from an educational research perspective outside of some very narrow kinds of inquiry into specific tools (Scratch with elem. learner, for example).

Even in higher ed 101 classes, studies have a selection bias toward students who want to study CS and have better-than-normal self-efficacy and better-than-normal support for skill development outside of the classroom.

I think I'm still coming to terms with the fact that the vast majority of CS education research has to do with teaching coding to people who *already know how to code*

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Wrote a little guide for how I got simple networking to happen on Pico-Pond, my #pico8 demake of Frog Chorus.

Guide + full commented source code for the project here: github.com/andymasteroffish/pi

@megabyteGhost
I'm interested in this! I've taught beginner coding for several years so I have working knowledge of the basics in many of these domains, I'm happy to point you to my favorites (but I certainly don't have comprehensive knowledge).

Also, my favorite term for the "domains" you've referenced is "territories"--a la Deleuze & Guattari/rhizomatic learning

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we're supporting a study on the role modders and rom hackers play in games preservation and archiving - if that description fits you and you'd be willing to participate in an interview, fill out the form here: forms.gle/ESVw2JzH6SXK95dcA

Whenever someone poses the question "what does a hobbyist-friendly programming language look like" I'm always torn between "it doesn't, focus on teaching better" and "we already have Lua, what more is there to ask for"

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One of the worst things that could happen to the fediverse is for it to be seen as a place to join to have an audience. That it isnt is its key differential advantage as a social media platform, as far as I'm concerned.

Once people start leaving Twitter or Facebook because they think they can have "reach" here, it's all over.

Of course, this is fundamentally at odds with anyone trying to make the fediverse "successful," because that's essentially the primary metric of success that they use.

Turns out you need hard drive space to boot your computer? Who knew

@rose_alibi
Exciting! I had a friend when I was working in landscaping who grew psychoactive mushrooms for their migraines, it seems like a very fun and interesting hobby. I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes!

@cincodenada
These are great ideas! Thanks for the recommendations

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i spent the bulk of the last year getting a worker-owned technology cooperative off the ground! all my paid professional work is now done through the EMMA Technology Cooperative

emma.coop/

EMMA is me, @andymakes Ivan Safrin and Gwen Pasquarello. it's an experiment in non-hierarchical consensus-based labor organization, and it has been an absolute thrill to work in a way that aligns with my principles for the first time!

@cta
Yes, exactly right. I have regular meaningful interactions with about 15 people on the other site and it would be lovely to move that over here. This place is a _lot_ better for my mental health

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Laser cut panels for a new all-in-one norns, grid, knob controller device I've been scheming up for the last few days arrived. I love making new contexts for old devices of mine, feels like new equipment even when it's not #theWorkshop

Bonus points if there's a specific concept the game would be particularly suited to teach

Extra bonus points if the game is weird :)

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I'm considering making some tutorials to help students learn basic coding stuff by making clones of games. I have some generic ideas for clones (Galaga, Pac-Man, some kind of platformer, SimCity, etc.)

What other games stand out to you as good candidates for this kind of thing?

Catch me searching "OP-1 tactile switch stabilization plate" and sobbing

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