Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr, Helen Teague

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Thank-A-Coder: Nigel de Grey

Here is a “Thank-A-Coder” post to include STEM in everyday classroom instruction and observation.

Nigel de Grey was a British coder during World War I. Like many coders, Nigel de Grey worked to break the codes that the enemy used to plan attacks, coordinate arms shipments, and discuss battle strategy. Also, like many coders, Nigel de Grey worked in the obscurity of Bletchley Park, in the cramped office known as Room 40. One hundred years ago, in 1917, Nigel de Grey hacked the coded text of the Zimmermann telegram.

The Zimmermann telegram, sent from the German foreign minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German ambassador in Mexico. The telegram, written completely in code, urged Mexico to become a German ally and fight against the Allies in World War I.  In return for becoming a German ally and attacking the United States, Arthur Zimmermann promised to cede the US states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico to Mexico, along with large some of money, as a prize after the war.

The codes used by the Germans were “exquisitely complex, so much so that the Germans assumed they could never be cracked.” Working at Bletchley Park, Nigel de Grey had to be hacked by hand since no computer existed (yet) to crack such complicated codes. The decoding of the Zimmermann telegram greatly influenced American President Woodrow Wilson to reverse America’s previously neutral status during World War I and enter the war, thus ensuring victory for the Allies.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2633708/how-zimmerman-telegram-changed-history/

Zimmermann telegram code from https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2633708/how-zimmerman-telegram-changed-history/

 

Nigel de Grey’s brilliant code hacking helped him to be known as “the greatest hacker of the first World War.”

 

Read More: The Road to Bletchley Park, Codebreaking in World War One, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

 

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/29/bletchley-park-codebreakers-first-world-war-exhibition

What is The Zimmerman Telegram and how did it lead to America joining the allies in World War One?


https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/the-greatest-hackers-of-the-first-world-war/

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ June 30

  “I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

This thought-filled quote is courtesy of one of the dedicated learners in my PBSTeacherLine course, Developing Passionate Readers in the Digital Age.

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Dr. T.’s Goals and Objectives Review – Short Video

Goals and Objectives video review by Helen Teague (aka Dr. T.)

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ May 5

I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…I divide the world into the learners and the nonlearners. ~Benjamin Barber, theorist, author,  August, 1939 – April 24, 2017

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 24

“Meaning-making occurs in tandem with acting upon new ideas and strategies” ~ John Barell, Moving From What to What If?: Teaching Critical Thinking with Authentic Inquiry and Assessments, 2016, p. 6

Moving From What to What If

Moving From What to What If?: Teaching Critical Thinking with Authentic Inquiry and Assessments Available from Google Books and Amazon

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 17

What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?  ~Ralph Ellison

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Great Online Course: Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital World

PBS TeacherLine’s course RDLA400 – Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital World is set to begin tomorrow, March 13th, with Introductions and Orientation.

In this course from PBS TeacherLine, you will explore the answers to essential questions of reading using digital resources. You will also learn the basic elements of and rationale for reading initiatives that inspire students to read independently. You will discover a wealth of online literature resources, gain a deeper appreciation for digital reading and audio technologies, and learn how author and genre studies inspire and motivate student reading. Moreover, you will explore your own personal reading habits and use this understanding to model passionate reading. All of these activities will occur in a collaborative, online professional learning network.

Please visit PBS TeacherLine website today to register!

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 12

It is my belief that books are living things…. And as living things, they need to be protected.  ~Holly Black

 

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U.S. Veterans Day Tribute

Thank you to Veteran’s for your sacrifice and commitment to our country. This week’s vote-casting, allowed it involved thousand of volunteers was initially brought to us through your willingness to serve.

photo by Teague

photo by Teague

 

Introduction to Resources in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP)

Interested in firsthand accounts of combat from Vietnam veterans? Want to know how to research your relative’s military unit? Come find out more during a special presentation by VHP reference specialist Megan Harris.

This introduction provides an overview of VHP’s collections scope, available online resources, how to search the archive using the online database, and how to coordinate use of non-digitized collections. Participants will learn more about VHP’s online exhibits, how to find information about specific units and conflicts, and the vast number of ways in which VHP collections can be utilized in your research.

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