Summercore 2000 Session #2: July 16-20

Pictures from our FIRST
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Group Photo after signing the slide rule!
  • Pictures of participants and schools.. a project by Jane and Ginny

    Animated Gif by Alexandra Briggs (click on it)

  • Drawings (to be judged by Janice, Annie, Diane and Colleen) writes:

    Good morning!
    I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to be up early. After I send this message, I will attempt to send a shorter one for your cell-phone. That is, of course, after I send this longer message that I composed via NaturallySpeaking.

    Dear Steve,

    This is just a note to introduce myself to your Summercore participants. You can keep it, or throw in your nearest round file. It's great to be able to participate in another Summercore! I like to be involved with Nobles' artistic journeys with teachers from our area, and out of our area. It's always important to me to see creative ways to see things, usage of color, and skillful use of tools -- by tools I mean those that are offered on the "Tool Bar" of the painting program that you are using. I haven't got much training in the use of the various painting programs. In fact, I have just started using Hyperstudio and Photoshop in the last 18 months. It seems like I'm learning things every time I use it!

    Don't be afraid to put something down that isn't "artistically perfect" or capable of winning a first prize at an art show. The most important thing is to have fun and learn something at the same time!

    The Theme? The Sea

    close runoff between The Sea and Owl's Nest

    Twenty Six Participants in Session Two

    26 total CA (2) CT (1) MA (14) NH (2) OH (1) TX (4) VT (2)

    1. Barbara Dunbar Canton, OH ESL Teacher
    2. Chris Adams Marion, MA Tabor Academy: Spanish Teacher
    3. Chris Barker N.Andover, MA Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall School: Director of Information Services
    4. Dana Peinado Laguna Beach, CA Kobe College High School: ESL for junior/senior levels
    5. Dick Hoffman Carlisle, MA Belmont Hill School: Physics Teacher
    6. Dick Sloane Gloucester, MA Tower School: English and Latin Teacher, 7-9
    7. Gail Corder Ft Worth, TX Trinity Valley School: French and Computer Applications .. winner of the Summercore 2000 $33 contest!
    8. Gillian Andrews Brighton, MA Tower School: Fourth Grade Teacher
    9. Ginny Marr Marion, MA Tabor Academy: Director of Library Services
    10. Henry Lapham Westport, NH Dedham Country Day School: Fourth Grade Teacher
    11. Henry Wilmer Lincoln, VT Phillips Academy, Andover: Director of Language Learning Center
    12. Jane Pucello Westport, MA Tabor Academy: Math Teacher
    13. Jill Hamilton Marblehead, MA Tower School: Reading Teacher and Tutor, K-12
    14. Linda Downes Boxford, MA Tower School: Middle School Division Head, Curriculum Coordinator
    15. Maria Lacy Houston, TX Kinkaid School: Spanish/Global Awareness Teacher
    16. Marian Hamilton Cambridge, MA Belmont Day School: Tech Support ... web site to be
    17. Marnie Lawler Beverly, MA Tower School: Math and Science Teacher
    18. Nancy Bernard Wenham, MA Tower School: Spanish Teacher, 7-9
    19. Nancy Webster Ware San Francisco, CA Castilleja School: Middle School English Teacher
    20. Pat Cavanagh Houston, TX Kinkaid School: Fourth Grade Teacher
    21. Ray Reich Washington, CT The Gunnery School: Physics Teacher
    22. Sandy Wallace Houston, TX Kinkaid School: Physical Education, K-12
    23. Skip Collins Dublin, NH Dublin School: Math Department Chair/College Counselor
    24. Steve Cambria Concord, MA Concord Academy: Spanish Teacher
    25. Susan Wilmer Lincoln, VT Brooks School: College Counselor plus French & Spanish Teacher
    26. Sylvia Whitehouse Malden, MA Tower School: Fourth Grade Teacher

    Evaluations by Colleen Powers and Boston Home friends -- Diane, Janice, Annie

    Colleen Powers (e-mail: writes: hallelujah- the Dragon is back working! Stupid me didn't shut the darn thing off, and turn it back on. Hi-tech problem, Lo-tech solution! CP
    Colleen Powers-vis writes: now here is the complete list of winners--I've always said that if I have too much time, I can be very, very dangerous! Well, not dangerous, but very, very long-winded:

    Dear Steve, I have spoken with Janice about the pictures and have come up with a list of what we think are the winners -- unfortunately, I haven't hooked up with Annie, so I guess that not everybody has had their say in it. But I also have spoken with Diane, and I've gotten her opinion, and it seems to dovetail with what Janice and I came up with -- I think that Annie feels the same way, but I'd like to talk to her to make sure. Unfortunately, we couldn't participate in the end of the Summercore.

    Videoconferencing is rearing its ugly side! It's great when it works, but it seems to be cranky at times. Everybody agreed that the one by Barb and Henry had the best portrayal and showed a masterful use of the tools, so I will have to say that theirs was the best.

    The picture by Maria and Dana was the only "night scene" in the bunch. The brightly glowing moon, and the twinkly stars poking out in the sky and is worthy of second.

    I am very happy to say that the pictures met or exceeded our expectations! They were very creative. But I was alarmed by the preponderance of sharks in the water! I don't think that I would swim there!

    One thing that I noticed right away was that there was not much going on in any one of these, with the exceptions of Gillian and Linda, and the one by Skip and Nan.

    For the most part, it was very static. I would expect a little more action from ships that are sailing. The color composition, on the other hand, was quite good, even though one couldn't get in very much trouble painting water blue. Fortunately, the blue palette was quite extensive, in that blue is a color found in most of our surroundings. I found a delightful juxtaposition of blue and its opposite -- orange in the painting by Skip and Nancy, I also found the opposite color used in quite a the few compositions .

    There was an aura of mystery in the painting by Sandy and Steve, a part of which was that my eyes weren't strong enough to read what the humongous fish had written on its mouth, and the threateningly dark color to the water.

    The piece by Marnie and Chris leaves me with a few questions, like what is the purpose of an owl sitting there on the ocean-side, watching a huge fish jump at a baseball-stiched sun? It DOES show good use of the tools and imagination, however get along. The ocean-scape by Marnie and Sylvia shows a delightful use of playful dolphins under puffy clouds.

    Maria and Dana gave us a taste of the sea at night, with their brightly glowing moon, and flies buzzing around the lighthouse. You could almost hear the sounds of a bug-zapper!

    The view of a (maybe) castaway from a rapidly receding ship saying "I am in an owl's nest" -- very enigmatic! I have to ask what is he doing floating around in the ocean in an owl's nest? Way to go! Henry and Chris! nice going, Larry the bird!

    Now I come to Gillian and Linda, and I noticed right away the amount of action going on in that seascape -- there is all kinds of nautical wildlife there. All those animals would probably not get along in real-life, but they look pretty in the composition; they also give a shot of activity to the composition.

    I don't think that Gail and Marion should write your biography for A&E, Steve, because I'm not sure that you would be entirely happy about your portrayal! I think that they were "at sea" about Summercore... at least someone had some time to get a sun tan, but another person seems very upset and wants some kind of relief! It seems like quite an ordeal, when you complete the Summercore program -- but you elected to do it your own self.

    Dick and Ray, I don't doubt fish are smarter than I think, but why are they also heading for a precipitous fall-off in the ocean and are heading toward it along with the the ship? Maybe SOME fish are smarter than people, but evidently not these. I'd almost say that they were acting like "Lemmings," but I saw an A&E show about Lemmings, and the the myth about them is simply not true.

    Finally, on to Barb and Henry -- that boat is rather fanciful, with its dual hull, and its "floating over the water-feature." Isn't that something like the hover boats in Florida? They don't have sails, however. That low flying plane couldn't be flying into Logan, could it?

    Congratulations to everyone. We are looking forward to the drawings from Summercore Sessions #3 and #4 and their theme!
    Colleen, Janice, Annie and Diane

    Pink Card Summary Sheet Day 5

    No More Pink Cards • Day Five

    Have you seen the Smart Board? Oh Lord OCD!

    Unresolved Pink Card Questions through Thursday AM
    (please come to my booth at the carnival.. Steve)

    (6) what are the significant differences between the mac and the pc? (Dick Sloane)
    (11) Several computer coordinator type questions (Chris Barker)

    (15) I coach track. I keep many times of many athletes in many different events. Do you suggest I use a SS or a DB to manage my numbers. I need to identify the fastest 3 runners in each event, keep a starting time and fastest time
    (17) How do we get the Tower School logo into a powerpoint presentation if the graphic is WIDER than will fit (Linda)
    (18) If you are conducting Summercore 2005, what what are the three items you will be emphasizing for the first time and what are the three items you will no longer be emphasizing? (Ray R)

    --> see writing below, Ray

    (19) How can I handle 2-3000 names on an e-mail list, for example can the memory hold it and can I manipulate it on a database and transport it from a database to e-mail address list item? (Barb D)
    (20) Moving files from PC to Mac? What else do I need to know besides Mac Opener and PC Exchange? (Pat)
    (21) May I have copy of your Mac Trouble Shooting Flow Chart? (Sandy W)
    (22) Dan Matlack’s e-mail address is ... he wanted the golden retrievers to know this
    (23) How to use print screen on the PC? (Susan)
    (24) Is there any relationship spreadsheet? I want to be able to update college counseling data only once for 3 different style reports. (Susan)

    Okay, Ray, let me try to answer this
    We will no longer be emphasizing disks in the year 2005. There may be no educational software on CDs since everything will be on the web. We may no longer be mentioning or emphasizing software on hard drives, since it may be that everything is web based and we no longer talk about software such as AppleWorks or Microsoft Word on your hard drive. I honestly have no idea about what we will be talking about for the first time, since I can barely see the next year or two in terms of the future.

    But here is one to contemplate ...

    We MIGHT be talking about the future of independent schools like Nobles and Gunnery and all of the others. My former headmaster, Dick Baker, firmly believes that in the year 2020, schools such as Nobles will no longer be doing business the way we now do and that we may no longer be in business at all. He believes that technology changes in the next 20 years will result in education via distance learning and the web in ways that will radically change ALL schools. He has charged Ellie Newman and me to conduct a distance learning computer science course in C++ next year to 8-10 people who are not at Nobles to provide the school and the new head, Bob Henderson, with a glimpse of the future -- for better or for worse -- a glimpse of the "enemy" as he calls it!

    James Cash from the Harvard Business School said to me the other day that when companies find out we are teaching a distance learning course here at Nobles, they will be funding a "distance learning room" at Nobles. He firmly believes (and in a much more positive way than Dick Baker) that distance learning will be a significant part of our future. He conducts several distance learning projects at the Harvard Business School and has told me many times of how in the 1970s he predicted that cash machines (ATM machines) would be part of the future. Every business executive he shared this with totally rejected the idea that people would ever want to get their money from a machine!

    Hope this is of some value, Ray ... Steve

    p.s. here is the public letter that went out on a few listservs last month. We currently have 5 signups: three people in Connecticut, one in Florida and one in Maryland.

    To colleagues throughout the country:

    This is an exploratory note announcing "A First Course in C++" to be taught via distance learning to students and teachers during the period of November 1, 2000 to May 1, 2001. Assisting me in teaching this course will be Ellie Newman, Middle School Computer Coordinator at Nobles and Andrew Lamb, Nobles graduate and currently a junior at MIT.

    This exploratory note announcing "A First Course in C++" is to get a sense of the number of the people throughout the country who might be interested. Subsequent details, costs, sign-up procedures and other specifics will be sent to all those who express interest during the next few weeks as the plans for this course become more solidified. The final enrollment details will be locked in during September 2000 with the actual course beginning on November 1, 2000.

    This course will use a variety of distance learning resources and will be structured in asynchronous fashion using e-mail, the web, voice phone and a chat room. Participants will NOT need to have video conferencing access, simply TCP access to the web, a computer powerful enough to run code warrior and to access streaming videos via real player. For any participants with access to video conferencing, CU See Me or Timbuktu, there is obviously a potential for increased connectivity.

    Before you send us an e-mail to express interest (and to get you onto a mailing list for the next round of details), we would like you to understand that this is NOT an AP course, but a "Gentle Introduction to C++" -- the cost of $500 will include the textbook and code warrior software we ship to you, as well as our phone time in talking to you on a regular basis.

    Enrollment for this course will NOT be on first come/first serve but via an e-mail application. We envision having no more than 10-12 people in this course and we are determined to teach this course with the highest quality of pedagogy and personal interaction.

    Once again, we emphasize that this course starts from scratch and assumes ZERO previous knowledge of programming or C++. When I started The Teaching Company back in the Fall of 1982, I wrote the following paragraph on our first flyer. Almost 20 years later, it still serves as the mantra for this type of programming course.

    -- Steve Bergen --
    Steve Bergen (e-mail:
    Computer Coordinator, Noble & Greenough School
    10 Campus Drive, Dedham MA 02026

    Co-Director of The "Summercore" Teaching Company
    More info posted on our web site at

    "In order to promote a broad, humanistic view of computer education, we believe that teachers of all disciplines should acquire basic skills of programming. To the extent that programming remains the exclusive domain of math/science teachers, we may be limiting the next generation to a narrow, technical view of computers. Fundamentally, we believe that these programming skills are accessible to everyone -- scientists and poets alike."