Author Archives: Doug Bergman

About Doug Bergman

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

Questions

Educators: Are we all on the right bus? (reference to Good to Great) Teachers: Does your curriculum let students experience your subject area, or just hear about it? Administrators: Do you have the courage to tell your teachers NOT to … Continue reading

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The New Nerd

The Reversal “Neeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrdddddddddddddds”, the infamous scream of terror from the cool guy as he points to the group of techy gadget-loving kids. Dennis T. Nedry, the evil, yet lovable computer programmer of Jurassic Park. Ah, yes! What a great time … Continue reading

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“…it is the people, not the technology…” – Mary Beth

We had just finished participating in a live audio conference with the head of a major video game company. He told us some great stories about working in the industry and working with some incredible technologies. He also discussed his … Continue reading

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Success in the midst of failure

I wanted to say a few words about an experience Trey had over the last couple weeks in my advanced Computer Science classroom. Students in that class, for their “final exam”, have to create an application for the Android, prepare … Continue reading

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Final Exam…Is there another way?

As schools across the United States go into “exam mode”, I’d like to throw something out there as food for thought. “…Oh no, he’s gonna say something crazy, here it comes…” What if we did not do exams like we … Continue reading

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What just happened?

So, a week or so has passed since I returned from perhaps one of the most amazing experiences of my life. And I have been asking myself in a variety of different ways, “What just happened?” And I think the … Continue reading

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When Fish Fly

I had the privilege of spending 5 days in one of the greatest cities in the world with some of the most innovative educators on the planet. Microsoft hosted over 700 educators from over 75 countries at the annual Global … Continue reading

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Global Innovator Forum Nov 7-11 in Washington DC

I am excited to be preparing for the Global Innovative Educator Forum in Washington DC. Over 700 educators representing over 75 countries will be there to present, observe, teach, learn, share, participate, and judge presentations by some of the most … Continue reading

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Innovation, NFTE, and Microsoft

In my freshman class, the students have just finished submitting their games that they’ve been working on for over 5 weeks. They each had to pick one of the United Nations Millennium Goals (Hunger, Education, Gender equality, Children health, AIDS, … Continue reading

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When Fish Fly: A new kind of Project

I was recently honored to have been part of a team which was selected by fellow innovative educators as the first place finisher for our project ” When Fish Fly”. We are excited to be invited to present this project … Continue reading

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