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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Online Books, Poems, Short Stories - Read Print Library

Online Books, Poems, Short Stories - Read Print Library

Love it! Free online books, poems and short stories...tons of classics!

Fall Semester...

Fall 2010
This is the first week of my Fall Semester at the University of Texas at Brownsville. The Master of Education in Educational Technology program has far exceeded my expectations. The two courses I completed over the summer renewed my excitement and outlook on education and educational technology. I am eager to begin my new courses (6320 Instructional Technology, 6342 Technology Leadership and 6343 Master Teacher Tech Practicum). 

Over the summer I have found a few projects and ideas that I will try to focus on this semester. These include the gaming program Kodu, early age technology integration and research over the effects of the dissolution of the Technology Applications credit requirement for high school graduation in Texas. I will keep this blog updated with all of my research and projects. I hope that others can learn from my work and research.

I look forward to hearing from you!   

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Downloading Kodu Again...

I just received my new laptop to use for my Masters courses and one of the first programs I downloaded onto the new machine was Kodu. While I am downloading it, I wanted to create a guide for others downloading it.

Step One: Go to and click on Try Kodu Now

Step Two: I've discovered that you have to have two programs on your computer in order for Kodu to run correctly -
.Net Framework 3.5 -
XNA Framework 3.1 -

The download wizard for Kodu will run a system analysis and tell you if your computer has these two programs or not. It will also take you to the place online where you can download them. If not, I have included the two sites above.

Step 3: Finish installing the game setup.

As I start experimenting with the program more, I will include the steps I take on this blog. I am also looking at using my 6 year old sister (1st Grade) and seeing how she reacts to the program.