Joel Garcia
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  • Long Beach, CA
  • United States
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Hawaiian Elementary School
About Me
I teach fifth grade and during this last year I have integrated a computer learning center in my classroom using Edubuntu LTSP. My knowledge in technology has grown exponentially within the past fourteen months. My goal is to target California Academic Content Standards through the use of technology and provide my students with opportunities to work with technology that is not available at home. My students love their lab and are engaged in learning.

I have a variety of interests. I enjoy hiking and fly fishing. I play the saxophone, flute and currently teaching myself how to play guitar and bass. I love jazz, soul, classic rock, and flamenco guitar music.

I love Linux and I think I am becoming a computer geek. I am a scrounge, finding computers in alleys, taking dead computers from friends and rebuilding them. Since Linux runs on virtually anything, I have been pretty successful this year. Lately it seems like people just give computers to me because they know that I will recycle them and use them at my school. In fact, I have introduced to ABC Unified School District its first Open Source Linux Terminal Server lab. We now have three LTSP classroom computer labs at my school. It seems as though our movement is beginning to grow.

Joel Garcia's Blog

Hawaiian Technology Inventors Club, Arduino and Beyond

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 9:31pm 0 Comments

Well, this is week three of exploration into the realm of electronics using the Arduino microprocessor board, the Elenco Electronic Lab, and the Elenco Snap Electronics Lab. This week students began to code using Sketch to control the behaviour of circuits made on the Arduino. Lessons learned, one has to write code correctly in order for the IDE to recognize it. Second, all components must be correctly connected to the board. Students practice following directions and learned the difference…


Hawaiian Technology Inventors Club, Arduino and Beyond- First Meeting 10/07/14

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

First day of the inventor's club went well without a hitch. Half the time was spent introducing the materials and methods of work. We will be using the Cornell Notes format to write reflections and about discovery while completing our projects. Students will keep a journal each day. My fifth and sixth graders really did well the first day and were able to follow directions and work together to solve any problems with understanding they may have had. I was just the facilitator watching and…


Hawaiian Technology Inventors Club, Arduino and Beyond

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

On Tuesday, October 7th the Hawaiian Technology Inventors Club will begin. Fifth grade students will be involved in exploring hands-on activities using various electronic kits to create electronic circuits and mini projects. Most projects will utilize software and text sources available through the vast resources in the open source community. This is the beginning of a science lab experience that I hope to grow that will include many more activities in the future.

Here is what…


A Viable Reliable High Quality Software Student Proof Solution

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 5:20pm 0 Comments

A Viable Reliable High Quality Software Student Proof Solution…


Reflections Upon Using the Ubuntu LTSP Lab in the Fifth Grade Classroom

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 11:49am 2 Comments

The 2008-2009 school year has ended and we are now in December, two days before Christmas 2009. I have been incorporating Open Source technology into my classroom for some time now and find the results quite rewarding. If I were to categorize how I have used technology thus far I would include mainly four areas of concentration: writing, research, reference support, and enrichment. The main issue in using technology in a fifth grade classroom is finding time and utilizing time in a meaningful… Continue

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At 3:16pm on November 30, 2010, Geoff St. Pierre said…
AV Linux 4 installed, but I could not get any sound from CD's, youtube, etc. I also could not get the midi keyboard working; admittedly I do not understand MIDI or JACK or those things. I tried ubuntustudio and the sound worked on that out of the box, and the M-Audio worked in LMMS which I thought was pretty cool.

I still do not know how to change from different types of keyboard sounds, currently i'm stuck on organ, but at least it works and my kids and I can mess around.

thanks for the help, if I make any great progess I will keep you posted.

~ Geoff
At 7:35pm on October 27, 2009, charles herzog said…
Hey Joel,

Hope you're well. If it's okay with you, I'd like to use your website in a presentation I'll be giving the board and tech committee. Do you have any thoughts regarding nComputing?
At 5:44am on July 14, 2009, Anne Mirtschin said…
Hello Joel and welcome. I loved reading about your achievements in your introduction. Your enthausiasm will continue with membership on this site.


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