Visual Basic Course Link and Textbook Links

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Visual Basic Course Link and Textbook Links

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I found an interesting high school Visual Basic course web site recently. I thought I would share it with others and ask anyone reading this to send me links to others. Or leave a comment with a link. One of the things I think would be very useful would be for teachers to have a bunch of sample curriculum and course outlines to look through. Creating a course from scratch is always difficult. And of course it is also useful to compare what you are doing with what others are doing. So here is a start. What pages would you recommend?

Mr. Minch's Visual Basic Course page - He has resources and program assignments for each chapter in the book he is using. The textbook that his class uses is Visual Basic .NET: Introduction to Programming (2nd edition) by Michael Sprague. He also has practice midterm and final exams, a vocabulary list, and his required coding standards.

Speaking of textbooks, what do others use? I've got links here to a couple of books that people I know use and like.

Lawrenceville Press has a textbook by Beth Brown called An Introduction to Programming Using Microsoft Visual Basic .NET I know a lot of teachers who love this book. They are using it at Bishop Guertin where I used to teach for example.

Diane Zak has a couple of books from Course Technology -Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, Second Edition seems to be a good first course book. I hear good things about it from others. Microsoft Visual Basic .NET: RELOADED is a bit more advanced and may be better for students who can and will move faster and want more out of a course.

The latest edition of Visual Basic Basics  from Course Technology (I’m co-author) is, I think, very good for a very beginner class or a class that is just trying to introduce programming to middle or less motivated high school students. It is as fast paced or advanced as the others although the third edition, out later this school year, does have some nice lessons on ASP .NET web programming.

I’d really love to have some recommendations from other teachers about other books or comments on these books. I think choosing a textbook is an important part of developing a class. The more information one has the better.

  • Another option for teacher who want to teach vb.net is to register on the mainfunction.com site and go to Curriculum Center Link and download

    Session 1: Intro to Computer Science with VB.NET (~31MB)
    This set includes student curriculum that can be printed, as well as an "eBook" that can be burned to CD for each of your students. For instructors, there is an annotated version of the curriculum, projects and solutions with notes about teaching strategies, possible student questions, and points to emphasize. Also included are PowerPoint slides to introduce the key concepts of each unit; exams, quizzes, and exercises; explanations and solutions sets for projects; additional projects; and a list of additional Web-based resources

    This will give you VB.NET curriculum called Code Rules
    You can go to my site to view the curriculum
    http://sws.lhps.org/ComputerScienceCourses/HonorsProgramming/tabid/74/Default.aspx

    Here's another good link:

    http://www.bigbadbrain.com/vb101/index.htm

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