Author Archives: Doug Bergman

About Doug Bergman

Head of Computer Science at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, SC

Out-of-the-box scheduling for schools

As we look deep to analyze our education system, we usually tend to focus solely on obvious targets such as curriculum, testing, standards, and teacher evaluations. But, there is one additional aspect of education that might be worth taking a … Continue reading

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The thing no one talks about

our grand parents did it our parents did it(although I really cannot picture that) we did it God knows teenagers do it homework …..ahhhh yes…. homework…homework…homework. of course, what else could I have been talking about? It’s tradition. A right … Continue reading

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GRADES – Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Grades are a major source of stress for every person involved in education: teachers, students, parents, and administrators. But, is the effort that goes into “grades” worth it? Is the benefit there? First, let’s make sure we do not confuse … Continue reading

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Are you irrelevant?

(attention to my international friends: This post is very much targeted at an American audience) I hope the words in that question terrify you. It does me. I want to take a moment to bring your attention to something which … Continue reading

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Questions

This is my second “Questions” post. The first was so well received that it warranted another. (and by well received I mean I definitively got some passionate responses coming from all sides) The following questions are specifically asked here because … Continue reading

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Hour of Code and National Computer Science Week

(December 8 – 14) Do we really need to dedicate an entire week dedicated to bringing attention to our discipline? Uhm YES Do we really need to try engage an entire planet in just trying out our “discipline” for an … Continue reading

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Welcome Back: A letter to parents from a teacher

Dear Parents Welcome to the new school year! We are so excited to have your child in our school, and I am even more excited to have your child in my class. I get a chance to lead your child … Continue reading

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DO vs. DO NOT: The new Digital Divide

We are at a crossroads. We’ve been here for years, and just seem to be parked here, not moving or at best… going in circles. Other cars are zooming by honking at us from all sides, but we just keep … Continue reading

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250 * 4 = ? (or Microsoft in Education Global Forum Barcelona)

Subtitle: Microsoft in Education Global Forum What happens when you put 250 educators from around the world in one place for 4 days? Borders break down, politics don’t matter, despite the Law of the Conservation of Energy,–energy is in fact … Continue reading

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Innovators and Explorers Sandbox

Introducing a style of classroom experience that’s extremely different than what you are used to reading about. Warning: What you are about to read is different, out-of-the-box, 100% student-centered, innovative, creative, and does not have any reference to multiple choice … Continue reading

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