First of all, apologies for the corny title. I just wanted something AAA.
Anyway, last Friday, we had another meeting with Dr. Franco of the Office of Admissions. We demonstrated our project again, including the actual flow from building a template to the verification of data. His concerns about checking the integrity of the printed output were also addressed in our demo. Overall, he was pleased with how our project has progressed since we first showed it to him. He even gave ideas about our paper! Yay!
We set a final-final meeting with him to check if everything about our project is okay already since there were some things needed to be added in the printed version of the grades.
I am optimistic that students will be able to comply with the final requirements for CS199 (3 papers, application documentation – installation and user manuals & source codes, posters and video clips and clearance from Mr. Leng Bengco) — with this, I am congratulating you guys for a fun 2009-2010 academic year! Most of you were able to do very well — unfortunately, there are three projects that may just be left behind pending requirements that need to be met before April 5.
Yesterday was supposedly our final thesis presentation, but no, we still have a presentation at the Office of Admissions tomorrow. We were preparing for it today, adding some of the extra features Ma’am Leah told us to add. Oh, and I finally decided on the most elegant way on displaying the date of last XML update.
We are almost finish with one of the three assigned papers, but I do hope it’s okay already.
Finally, I’m done with the format of our Final Paper. Writing a paper in LaTeX isn’t the easiest task, good thing you can write each part separately and then combine them in one central file… Reminds me of classes.
Now, I wonder if our paper would go past 20 pages, haha!
With today’s technological advancement, educational system must work side by side and maximize what advanced technology is offering. The challenge is to create new tools and activities that will maximize learning that will fit the student’s learning styles. KineSpell2, a digital game-based learning application, was developed based on the VAK Model that helps children learn how to spell. It has software components that cater to visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. The SunSPOT and WiiRemote were used as controllers. Initial test shows that the Learning Components of the game (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic Component) are acceptable. The result also suggests that games that supports different learning styles motivates students to learn to spell new words, and that SunSPOT is the preferred controller of the game.
KineSpell2, a digital game-based learning application, was developed to maximize learning of spelling. It provides an enjoyable environment that motivates students to learn without setting aside their learning styles. It utilizes two game controllers, namely, SunSPOT and Wii Remote. The purpose of this research is to compare the two controllers in terms of the controllers’ usability based on Ease of Use and Rate of Familiarization. It also tries to establish the preferred controller of the students. The test result suggests that the target user preferred the SunSPOTs as game controller.
After one week of mulling over what license Hardwire will use, I’ve finally decided to use GPL v.3.
Here’s a peek at my comparison matrix:
I didn’t use MIT and LGPL because I thought it was too permissive. I didn’t want others to earn from my work without them contributing to the code base.
LGPL was out of the question because it is mainly used for libraries. Hardwire isn’t a library.
This narrowed down the decision between Apache and GPL. Initially I liked Apache because a lot of users at code.google were using Apache. GWT is licensed under Apache as well. But licensing under Apache would mean allowing Hardwire to be modified and used in commercial closed source software. This is something that is contrary to the goals of free software. I was sold on the idea that free software wasn’t about price but about contribution and making things better. I believe that a collective effort is always better and with many people, many good things can be achieved. In terms of code that means a wide user base and lots of support. This is what I think is behind the success of WordPress and the programming language PHP. PHP isn’t a great and pure a language as Python but there are a lot of PHP users compared to Python which I think makes it more attractive to use (though having said that Python is still better for me! :P).
So aside from the issue with commercial closed source software usage, Apache and GPL are pretty much the same.
For the benefit of everyone, I think I’ll post my findings in another blog post soon. 😀