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Welcome to Computer Science!!!

Hello! First let me introduce myself. 

I am Mr. Gordon. I just moved to the Villages from eastern Pennsylvania. For the last 15 years I was the Learning Management System administrator  at East Stroudsburg University of PA where I taught faculty how to use computers and place course content on the Web. Prior to that, I was a computer programmer and database administrator for A.T.& T. in Bedminster, NJ for 28 years.

I have now been teaching at the Villages ( my third career ) for the last 4 weeks and I enjoy being with the students and helping them learn.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Larry


***************************************************************COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS***************************************************************
  • We have just completed the chapter on Digital Safety and Security which showed us the various ways that individuals attempt to gain our personal identity through the unscrupulous use of computers.
  • We are now starting Chapter 6 - Inside Computers and Mobile Devices.
  • The students have a study guide (in Moodle) which they are given time in class to work on and are expected to complete outside of class as well.
  • The students were given a book this week to take home and keep at home for this class, so they have "checked out" a specific number of book, and they are responsible for returning the book at the end of the year.

************************************************************FOUNDATIONS OF PROGRAMMING**************************************************************

  • We have just completed Chapter 5 - Looping in computer programs -- "while" loops, "do while" loops and "for" loops.
  • We are now starting Chapter 6 - Arrays. We will discover how to store data in a one-dimensional array, to search an array for specific data, and to use the "for" loop to process an array.

***************************************************************PROGRAMMING ESSENTIALS***************************************************************

  • We are working on Visual Basic right now, which means the students are creating user interfaces and computer programs for the "business world". Although we are just getting started on this, they seem to be grasping the concepts well at this point. 
  • VISUAL BASIC EXPRESS 2013 is the software we are using and it is a free download for anyone. I have put this on some of the kids' USB drives so they could install it at home, because it is important that they have extra time outside of class to work on their programs. If your child has not installed this at home, it is important that they do so if at all possible. I do not want them to fall behind in their work.
  • We are currently finishing the "Cook College" program that uses looping to calculate a college student's Grade Point Average base on the number of courses they take and the grades achieved in the courses.
  • We are starting the "Listbox Times Table Calculator" which introduces the student programmer to listboxes in Visual Basic.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me!



Contact: Larry.Gordon@tvcs.org

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