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Developing Interactive, Scalable HTML5 Apps on the Cheap: Serverless, Unhosted, No Backend, BAAS, PAAS, Oh My

I’ve written before how HTML5 is the platform of the future for developing interactive educational apps, and you can even develop (code) in your browser (or chromebook) now.  Well, the future is here, and HTML5 is still looking to be the best

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Posted in drupal, html5, opensource, programming, software, technology

Some Exciting New HTML5/Javascript Projects

This an update of sorts on some things happening in the HTML5/Javascript world.  First, here are some previous posts on this topic, to catch you up to speed: What is the Platform of the Future for Developing Interactive Graphical Educational

Posted in development, html5, java, opensource, programming

Review of Rushkoff’s Program or Be Programmed

Since at least the invention of BASIC and Logo in the 1960s, people, such as Seymour Papert, have made an argument that anyone can and should learn to how to program, and even make their own software applications.  The argument

Posted in computers, edtech, education, learning sciences, programming, technology, theory

A Snapshot of the HTML5/Javascript Universe

This is a follow-up to “What’s the Platform of the Future for Developing Interactive Graphical Educational Software?“, which I argued is HTML5, especially since java applets and flash don’t work or aren’t well supported on mobile and emerging tablet platforms


Posted in android, development, html5, opensource, programming, software, Uncategorized

Browser-Based IDEs (programming environments)

As I wrote about earlier, HTML5 (Javascript, Canvas, WebGL, etc.) is allowing people to create rich, interactive applications that run in your browser and don’t require flash or java. Cloud computing (such as Google App Engine and others) and AJAX

Posted in android, development, html5, java, programming, software

Need Much Much More “D” in Education R & D

I already blogged about this matter 3 years ago in a post entitled “The State of Educational Research & Development.” But a few recent things made me think of it again: @newsweek tweeted for us to tell them our thoughts

Posted in development, edtech, education, learning sciences, programming, research, software, teaching, technology, Uncategorized

What’s the Platform of the Future for Developing Interactive Graphical Educational Software?

So, what is the platform of choice for folks who want to create interactive graphical educational software (see for example all the stuff at PHET and NLVM). Currently, there are two primary options: Flash and Java Applets. I’m not covering

Posted in android, development, html5, java, opensource, programming, scala, software

New Software and Hardware Releases

Just a round-up of some major software releases happening: Java 6 update 10 – a new version of java that is more lightweight and quicker to load applets. The 6.5 version of the Java development environment Netbeans is due out

Posted in java, opensource, programming

The Rise and Fall of Visual Basic

I’ve extolled before those application development tools that hit that sweet spot of being both beginner-friendly and powerful enough to develop real applications, including Hypercard/Supercard (now out of date) and Visual Basic: Reminiscing about HyperCard Programming: The New Literacy Why

Posted in opensource, programming

Randy Pausch

Via an announcement at the SIGSCE blog comes news that Randy Pausch, who you may know from his famous ‘last lecture‘ last year, has passed away. He created the Alice 3D programming environment for beginners, and there is a Randy

Posted in programming
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Doug Holton

Faculty developer. Interests: developing educational technology; faculty & student development; learning sciences & psychology.

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