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Arian Kulp has a simple time-tracking application. This little project creates an application that sits in the system tray and allows the user to collect information about how long one spends time on different tasks. Useful things demonstrated are:
Glenn Wilson shows you how to create an application template. Why is this useful to you as a teacher? Well it lets you create special templates for projects that you want students to finish off. Glenn’s example is a DirectX template which would be especially useful if you were having students write graphical applications, such as games, but did not want them to get bogged down in setting things up.
Speaking of Coding 4 Fun, the Channel 9 website has a video with Daniel Fernandez and others showing off some of the projects they have been working on for the Coding 4 Fun website. Take a look and see if you don’t get some project ideas. Or send some of your students who are looking for interesting side projects.
I wrote about gadgets for Windows Live about a week and a half ago. Today a friend of mine [thanks Daryll!] pointed me to a gadget creation starter kit for use with the Visual Wed Developer Express Edition. The gadget starter kit and the article that describe it are here. Take a look at it and if you have students who are interested in creating some gadgets this may help them get started.
The Windows Gadget community site has a lot more information about gadgets that people have already created as well as more information about how to create them. It's an interesting site to say the least.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just published a Frequently Asked Questions list for student blogging. This is a document that I highly recommend that school administrators who are involved in student discipline read very carefully. The EFF is not the final arbiter of what is right and wrong of course but their FAQ is loaded with information about what various courts have decided with regards to student freedom of speech in general and Internet speech in particular.
Freedom of speech on the Internet is far from settled law of course. There are a lot of gray areas. But as a teacher, an administrator or even as a student you may want to ask yourself if you really want to be a test case. School districts that lose suits charging civil rights violations spend a lot of money in settlements. And than there are all those legal costs to think about.
We all know that students are going to push the limits of policies. That is the nature of being a student. It is the responsibility of schools to show students where the lines are and help them understand the consequences of pushing the limits. Proper education can help avoid problems caused by students pushing to hard or too far. But of course for that to happen the adults in the system need to know what is what.