Author Archives: Tim

  • Becoming a Programmer & Entrepreneur

    Posted on June 23, 2017 by in Uncategorized

    I am just about two weeks into the first summer of my post-teaching career. What was my part-time enterprise of app-writing for the past three years is now becoming my full-time endeavor.  I started out with an interest in iOS apps. I’ve been a big Apple fan since the first iPhone, and always wished there […]

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    Xamarin FTW

    Posted on January 7, 2017 by in Uncategorized

    When I started programming professionally two years ago, being an Apple fan, I rode the Swift wave. It was clear, easy to understand, and seemed beautiful compared to Objective-C, which I never really learned to use, but can read well enough. With my first few apps complete in the App Store, I had the itch […]

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  • Education and Technology

    Posted on April 11, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    My son is in upper elementary, and his school day looks amazingly like my school day back 30 years ago. A bit more computer work, more time spent testing and reading, and unfortunately less social studies (and possibly science, although I’m not sure elementary students ever got all that much). But they still have home classrooms, […]

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  • iOS/Swift and Android/Java Conversion Chart

    Posted on March 17, 2016 by in Android, iOS, Java, Swift

    I am beta-testing my first Android app, and have recently completed my second iOS app. Having taught myself how to program in both Swift and Java, I spent a lot of time lamenting the inability to easily convert code between the two. Sure, there are cross-platform solutions, but as an independent developer, I couldn’t afford to […]

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  • IMEA

    Posted on November 21, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    Hello IMEA friends! Below is the link for the slideshow in today’s presentation. Scheduling and Supporting the Elementary Music Classroom And here are email links for the presenters. Feel free to email any of us with questions. Tim Purdum tim@cedarrivermusic.com Jim Stichter jim.stichter@uni.edu Matt Willand willandm@waterlooschools.org   Feel free to check out my other music teacher […]

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  • CS Music Teacher App Version 1.0 is out!

    Posted on July 13, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    I am very proud to say that my first functioning app is in the iOS App Store! Learning to code an app was a huge undertaking for someone without any official computer science training, but I enjoyed the challenge. Next step is to keep refining/fixing any bugs and transfer the app to Android. After that, […]

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  • Fiscal Responsibility Doesn’t Mean Free

    Posted on July 3, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    In the past week I’ve had to live through two crushing blows to the public schools that I love and believe in. I am a citizen of Cedar Falls Iowa, and this past Tuesday we had a vote for a school bond to build a new elementary, upgrade the others, and generally make sure that […]

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  • Programming/Coding

    Posted on March 20, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    While music education was my chosen career path, computers have always been my hobby. I remember taking beginning programming classes as a child with DOS and BASIC. I spent much of my college and young-adult years tinkering with operating-system settings and exploring the growing internet. As do-it-yourself tools have exploded, I have used these to […]

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  • Bothersome details: Cultural Appropriation and Privilege

    Posted on November 7, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    I am sitting at the American Orff Schulwerk Association national conference, where I am refreshing and learning so much about teaching children and adults. However, as I sit in excellent sessions representing diverse cultures and ideas, I am finding myself considering two terms that are in the public consciousness right now: privilege and appropriation. Privilege […]

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  • Disruptive Technology

    Posted on October 25, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    I constantly hear teachers, administrators, and media folks talk about needing to integrate technology into our teaching. I also hear education advocates and parents bemoaning current trends in education. I am a huge tech geek, but I wonder if anyone is truly looking forward to what this will all look like in 25-50 years. Here’s […]

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