Weekend grook* greeting, week 40

phone-499991_1920.jpg… I think Piet did catch a common thing with this weeks grook..… and it does seem amazingly easy to find something others do quite annoying and yet not even noticing when doing the same thing…. or the reverse..  to find things one has thought of as important and unique..  things that if someone else came up with it would be seen as insignificant…


There’s a neighbour’s telephone
with the same distinctive tone
as it pleases mine to make…
… which I find I cannot take.

well..  this also made men use about phones and phone signals..…  wondering how different, if indeed different at all, phones sounded when Piet wrote this grook…

.. anyway..  hope your weekend will be filled with appreciated variation…

* Grook taken from “Collected Grooks II” by Piet Hein


Going to Frontiers in Education (FIE)

gears-1443730_1280.jpgIt’s soon time to go to FIE, this time in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. I’m really looking forward to this trip, since FIE to me in a great inspiration, where I can meet interesting people from a wide variety of backgrounds. This year will be more hectic than normal, since I’m part of a panel and four paper (1, 2, 3, and 4) presentations on top of being a member of the Helen Plants award committee. The committee selects the best special session

Special sessions are intended to be creative, non-traditional, interactive ways to engage engineering and/or computing education professionals in the frontiers of education. These are ~80 minutes in length; the number of special sessions offered is limited. These sessions intended to be of value to FIE Conference attendees, enhance the experience and knowledge of the session participants, and help advance the frontiers of engineering and computing education.

and is a great help for me in deciding on what to listen to among the wide selection of options at the conference (smile). Most of the sessions I’ve attended over the years have been rewarding experiences.

Two of our new PhD students (Virginia Grande and Tina Vrieler) in Uppsala Computing Education Research Group (UpCERG) will also attend, as will three seniors (Aletta Nylén, Arnold Pears and me) together with a soon to graduate associate to the group (Thomas Lind). The Uppsala University presence should thus be quite visible and hopefully appreciated as we will strive to use the conference as a great opportunity to get our new PhD students introduced to the area and become part of interesting networks.