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Young Computer Graphics Programmers

A group for learners interested in talking about computer graphics and related concepts (visualization, geometry, etc).
Josiah Blaisdell M.Sc.
25 total reviews for this teacher
New group
year olds
active learners
per learner

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Young Computer Graphics Programmers

Young Computer Graphics Programmers is a community of learners that come together on Outschool to share what they’re learning, ask questions, participate in challenges, and get feedback on their projects
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Group Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will improve their computational thinking skills, their geometry, their algebra and might get a brief introduction to some concepts in calculus. 
I have a masters degree in computer science and over a decade of industry and research experience.
Outschool has 3 rules they ask us to follow: Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Respectful. I agree with each of these rules completely.

Be Kind - Help all learners feel welcome and included. 

Be Safe - Keep your personal information private and never ask other learners for theirs. Feel free to use a different name!
Personal things are personal. Keep your full name, home address, gaming or social media name, email, and school name private.

Be Respectful - Treat others how you want to be treated.
Keep language clean and information you share safe. Treat Outschool like a public place. When in doubt err on the side of caution, professional dress is encouraged.

These are my guidelines:
I will run the group using the socratic method. I will make use of guiding principles outlined here:
1. Conversational guidelines:
* Students and myself will learn each others names or "handles" (for example if a student would like to go by a different name) and have the students learn each other's names (or handles) and their preferred pronouns.
* Participation requires listening and active engagement and that it is not enough to just insert a single comment in class and then be silent for the rest of the session. 
* Students should focus their comments on concepts or principles, not first-person narratives. IE: instead of "Whenever I solve problems like this I use Dijkstra's algorithm" students should use language like "Graphs can be represented in a matrix by...."
2. Ask questions and be comfortable with silence. Silence is productive. Be willing to wait for students to respond. There is no need to fill a conversational void; silence creates a kind of helpful tension. Use the "ten-second wait" rule before you attempt to re-phrase your questions!
3. There may be "productive discomfort." I might use tools like cold-calling, tempered with small group work so students can talk to their neighbors.
4. I may ask follow-up questions if students propose an answer or method to solve a problem! Get students to account for themselves, not just to regurgitate readings and lectures.
5. I am always open to learning something new, if the student can cite a resource I will read it. I am not a sage on the stage or a guide on the side. I reserve the right to say, "I don't know the answer to that question."
6. I welcome the "crazy idea" that offers a new perspective on the topic, but will discourage those ideas which are not serious.
7. I will try to use brevity and short interventions. No speeches or long lectures.
8. I will discourage cringe-worthy references to authority and status, for example: "Turing said it, so it must be true always!". I dislike this, and will encourage those that do it to change their ways.
9. Come to class in a space that encourages interaction. Beds put one at an immediate disadvantage.
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Group Leader

Josiah Blaisdell M.Sc.
Lives in the United States
Building 21st century skills one block at a time
25 total reviews
44 completed classes

About Me

1) I can teach introductory computer science for K-12 grade. I can also teach or tutor students who are in high school in mathematics: calculus, multi-variate calculus, linear algebra and proof writing.
2) I am named in two patents related to... 
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