The Apollo Launch

Around July 1st 2017 I was in Myanmar sat in a cafe on Inle Lake trying to set up everything I needed to start the COETAIL course. Nearly 10 months later and this is the final hurdle. The year has been tough, but there are no regrets. I took on this course because everybody I…

Why we should not just take the easy route

This past few weeks we have been teaching the grade 10 students at our school about failure, and why failure is a good thing. Using famous examples we are trying to demonstrate to the students why failure can often make you more successful, and a fear of failure will more often lead to nothing. The…

Why develop a pen when you can use a pencil?

There is a story from the early days of the space era about how the US and Russia independently tackled the problems of writing in space. The story goes that the Americans realised that a ball point pen was not going to function in space because the ink needed a gravitational force to move the…

The Final Countdown – Wellness or MOOC?

It is the end of the semester. I still have 44 projects to grade, four class sets of tests to write and grade, 80 reports to write (and a report generator to modify!), two COETAIL blog posts (and reading other peoples blogs too!), one GET certification, a job to find, lanterns to buy and two…

Remember to cover your eggs with rocks

I am a gamer, and I have been since I was able to use my parents’ BBC Microcomputer. I mostly played a game called Repton. Unlike video games nowadays, produced by teams of (sometimes) hundreds of software engineers over the course of several years, Repton was written by one person in their house over one…