Kate Devitt is so much better a teacher than I am (and she's smarter, better educated and more attractive a person, but let's deal with just one of my insecurities at a time, hey?). I wish I had thought to teach students about Turing Machines like this.
As homework they could be asked to be a Turing machine that would act as Windows XP.
Fucking brilliant! Can I marry that woman? Not that she'd have me!
XP is easy to simulate. Just get a bunch of students with multifarious viral infections to move veeerrryyy sllloooowwwlllyyy.
Thony, you are way too late. She is very happily married.
Thony, you are way too late.
The story of my life in six simple words.
And mine. Again, and again...
I mentioned it on my comments on Kate's blog as well, but if you're interested in dynamic Turing machines, I have a few here, in flash: http://inquiry.mcdaniel.edu/turing/
I think that her technique has great value, as any kind of physical activity in a classroom is likely to have cognitive payoff, but these can supplement such activity nicely.