I love coming back from winter break and starting the second semester of AP Computer Science with the Media Computation unit based on the materials developed by Barbara Ericson at Georgia Tech. Is is a great way for students to practice all of the concepts from the first semester in a very engaging and creative context. Today we were writing filters for photos. One pair started experimenting and create some neat effects.
We had two days of school canceled due to excessive cold. This worked out well for me since I was stuck in Connecticut until Tuesday night. It did make the first day back challenging as we had planned a field trip to Lewis University for their second annual Business Information Technology Bootcamp. My computer science students spent the day exploring applications such as data analytics and big data, network surveillance, and social media strategy. Lewis University does a great job making the day interactive and hands on.