My name is Dan Davidson, and I'm...
(I lead people to understanding)
(They say, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it." But I can't help myself.)
(“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.)
Reasons to have a personal site ...
- Pure vanity. (I admit it!)
- I'm always on the lookout for engaging gigs.
- There's a possibility that you might find the content on this site useful (or at least, interesting). I hope so.
My present major interests ...
Teaching / Distance Learning:
For the past 8 years I've been teaching short summer workshops for middle school and high school English teachers for the Shunde School District, Guangdong Province, China. I anticipate returning again in 2014!
Workshop topics introduce classroom management, critical thinking, teaching English - developing vocabulary, grammar, and reading skills, American culture, and a lot of practice speaking English. This is all done in an informal atmosphere that includes songs, games, and group work. I've posted pieces of my 2013 syllabus elsewhere on this site.
I'm looking for similar opportunities in interesting places.
Computing / the Internet / Educational Technology:
I'm getting to be more and more of a gunslinger with the Joomla content management system. I love it's openness and flexibility. Whenever I've wanted to build in a feature, I find a module or plug-in that will do the job.
Click on the picture to see my latest effort; the Teach for Friendship Foundation website.
I've just discovered "Livecode." It's a programming language based upon the metaphor of Macintosh's HyperCard which I used a lot to develop educational sofrware. In addition to Livecode being easy to program, it will save applications to Windows, Mac OSX, and on Android and Apple iOS devices without a whole lot of work to adapt it to the particular operating system. Presently, I'm using it to write a classroom "clicker" remote response system using a student's smart phone as the clicker.
I'm looking for similar projects that will be amusing and challenging.