TETC 2007: I’ll Be There

October 11, 2007

This November, Nashville will host TETC (Tennessee Educational Technology Conference), and I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be presenting a lab session about Leopard on Wednesday (28th). If you’re going to be in attendance at the conference, then I’d love to have you join in on the session so that I can show you more about Leopard and answer any questions that you may have.

For more information on the session, please check out page four of this document.

See you in Nashville!


Web Site Additions

October 10, 2007

On the Leopard Web site, you’ll now find a revised introductory video in a variety of formats and a Leopard forum in which you can both start and participate in discussions about the tool.


WeatherBug 2007 Online Science and Programming Contest

October 1, 2007

Now that October 1st is here, I’m pleased to announce that the WeatherBug 2007 Online Science and Programming Contest has begun!

The contest runs through November 16th, and the winners will be selected in December. Now is a great time to get your students started with using Leopard so that they can be a part of this national contest and possibly win some fantastic prizes.

Please visit the contest Web site for more information.


Development Update: Subroutines and Looping

October 1, 2007

When I told you that Leopard is going to support more of the standard programming concepts, I wasn’t kidding.

As the title of this post implies, the next version of Leopard now has support for subroutines and looping!


Development Update: Logic and a Timer

September 24, 2007

The version of Leopard that I’m now working on just became smarter due to the addition of conditional statements. This means that the traditional if-then-else commands can be used, which will allow for the creation of intelligent programs. In addition, a timer has also been added to the language.

This next release of Leopard is going to feel more like a programming language than any other version of the tool that’s come out before, but you can trust me when I say that this is a good thing, and the ease of use will still be exactly the same. If you don’t want to use the more advanced features, then you certainly don’t have to.


Development Update

September 18, 2007

Development on the next version of Leopard has already commenced, and one of the most popular requests that we’ve received has been implemented, which is the ability to use multiple onclick events in a row.

When this version is released, you’ll also be able to use the new onopen and onclose commands to chain events together when your programs open and close.

Stay tuned for more development updates!


Lumpkin County High School

September 7, 2007

I spent a couple of days this week serving as a guest speaker for three technology classes at nearby Lumpkin County High School, and it felt good to once again talk about and demonstrate Leopard in a classroom in front of students. I’d like to thank Jim Chamberlain for responding so favorably to Leopard and inviting me out to the school.

Only a few of the students from the three classes had done some HTML programming, but other than that, programming was new to them, especially on the desktop software side of things. In other words, Leopard is going to provide a very nice introduction for them.

Jim plans to start using Leopard in his curriculum as soon as next week, and I’ve been told that they’ll also be participating in our programming contest, which is great news!