From the first afternoon that I spent, teaching myself how to program computers, coding has been one of my true delights. Early on, I compared it to playing with legos, taking a finite variety of pieces and assembling them in an infinite variety of ways. The difference? …that you never run out of those 2 X 4 pieces. The only thing you can run out of is the computer’s memory space, which was a constraint in the early days of 3.5 Kb computers.
Designing and coding web pages was an obvious continuation as I created some of the earliest web pages in North Carolina, including the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction home page.
Landmarks for Schools
This was the first web site that I created, upon starting the independent phase of my career in 1995. It still lives as a library of web resources that I have judged, at some point, to be of potential value to teachers and students. [http://landmark-project.com]
Creating bibliographies are the bane of students who are forced to write research papers. It is a sin, because play credit to the source of any information that we use is and important element of using information in the knowledge age. I initial this tool, that creates citations, for teacher. I felt that it was important that they model the appropriate use of the information that helped them to do their jobs. The site took off, earning more than a million page views most days, ultimately earning some income for my wife and I via Google Ads and then associates in New York – who are now managing the site. http://citationmachine.net/
Class Blogmeister served classrooms across the U.S. and around the world from 2004 until 2016. I was designed to provide a writing and reading platform for classrooms where written conversation was part of its instructional process. During its 12 years, more than 300,000 student and teacher-bloggers wrote, read and thought-about nearly 1.5 million articles.
Class Blogmeister was the first of its kind and was entirely free to educators and learners. Teacher approved articles remain available here, since many students enjoy looking back to their writings from years past. [http://cbmsite.com]