CUE Conference 2012: Finch Robots

Session Link for Hands On Robotics With The Finch:

Evaluation link for my CUE session, Hands On Robotics With The Finch:

Handouts and code samples for Java and Visual Basic 2010 Express:

Finch Presentation CUE

PowerPoint versions:

Two Slides Per Page, Full Color

Three Slides Per Page, Black and White

Six Slides Per Page, Black and White


Cue Followup Animation Assignments

Thanks for the kind words those of you who attended my CUE 2010 presentation on Open Source Animation.  Attached, you will find a .ZIP file containing my first nine assignments in PDF format.  These assignments use Pencil and Pivot (Stykz) about half the time and Adobe Flash CS4 the other half.  Fell free to repurpose these and make these your own.

No warranty expressed or implied.  Use at your own risk.  Driver does not carry cash 🙂


CUE 2010 Friday Presentation

I will be presenting at CUE on Friday, March 5th, 2010.  My presentation during Session 2 is entitled, “Open Source 2D and 3D Animation software”.  More info below:

Dan Eliot        2077
Friday, March 5
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

This presentation discusses three open source animation titles; Pencil, Pivot, and Art Of Illusion.  Together, these titles could be used as the basis of an animation unit or course.
Beginning, Intermediate, 9 – 12
TL            Oasis 4            Palm Springs Convention Center

Here is a PDF version of the presentation for printing:  cue_2010_animation.ppt.pdf

CUE Conference Presentation


Attached is my updated presentation for the CUE Conference.  I will be presenting Thursday March 5th, 2009, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.  Info on my “bonus session” can be found HERE about 2/3 of the way down the page.

Wiimote Whiteboard Presentation

From the CUE Conference Catalog:

How to Build an Interactive Whiteboard for Under $100
Dan Eliot             2046
A do-it-yourself project to create an interactive whiteboard system using an existing LCD projector, Nintendo Wiimote, and an IR LED pen.
Intermediate, Experienced, Not grade-level specific
Multi, TL, IN, IT    Andreas    Wyndham Hotel

CLSM Technology Conference

I will be presenting at the CLMS / CLHS / CUE conference in Monterey, CA on December 6th, 2008.  A PDF of my presentation can be found here:

Wiimote Whiteboard Presentation

Build Your Own Interactive Whiteboard System

Dan Eliot, El Dorado High School

The Nintendo Wii Remote ($60) has an effective built-in motion-sensing video camera. When coupled with an LCD projector, this camera can be used to convert almost any surface into an interactive whiteboard. Learn the steps necessary to create a “Do It Yourself” interactive whiteboard for under $100, see a demonstration of the system, and receive suggestions on ways to use such a system.

The Battle Continues: Security vs. Ease Of Use

Login Prompt

Sometimes in education, we are moving so fast, we fail to see that the playing field has changed beneath us. I believe now is one of those times where things are rapidly changing under our feet, but at times we fail to notice. Online security is rapidly changing, and I’m not sure education in general is ready for that change.

Today I read a great blog entry on Email Policies, which suggests that you have an email policy whether you know it or not! The basic theory of the article is that each company (ie school district) has gone with ease of use OR security… but not both. A nice short read that brings home subtle, sometimes hidden choices we make when providing web services to staff.

In a related vein, banks are making significant changes to login security as a result of 2005 paper entitled “Authentication in an Internet Banking Environment” put out by the government. The bottom line of this article is reached rather quickly with the statement:

“The agencies consider single-factor authentication, as the only control mechanism, to be inadequate for high-risk transactions involving access to customer information or the movement of funds to other parties. Financial institutions offering Internet-based products and services to their customers should use effective methods to authenticate the identity of customers using those products and services.”

Now simply replace the statement “access to customer information” with “access to district employee or student information”. Basically, these same changes being made by financial institutions in the near term will be coming to a school district near you in a few years! Single factor authentication (userid and password only) is on it’s way out and is being replaced by more robust security measures.