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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

February, 2006

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Free Hoshimi Challenge Webcasts next week


    I'm going to do two webcasts on the Project Hoshimi Challenge next week. The webcasts are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday at 1PM Eastern time. If you can't make it live you will still want to register so that you can view the recordings of them later.

    Monday will be an introduction to the Hoshimi Challenge software development kit. Wednesday I will get into how to create and code strategy for different Hoshimi Challenge missions.

    For more information click on the link below or visit and select webcasts from the training menu on the left of the screen. There are other useful webcasts available there as well.

    Project Hoshimi SDK

    Join us for this two-part Webcast series to learn about the Project Hoshimi SDK. This Webcast series introduces Project Hoshimi, a visual gaming engine that lets students create their own artificial intelligence (AI) to guide a team of nanobots through a map of the human body. Based on the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, Project Hoshimi provides a great foundation for learning and practicing fundamental AI concepts. You'll learn about the objectives of the game, the tools you need to get started, and the process of creating, deploying, and testing the AI for a basic team.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    New Bill Gates Interview on Channel 9


    Channel 9 has a new interview with Bill Gates. About two thirds of the way in he talks about how software can help to change education. He also talks about the need to make education meaningful to students. One of the things I've seen that proves the value of that thinking is that kids who normally do not like to read will read about things they are interested in for hours. Likewise if we involve math with other things, sports perhaps, students get more interested in it. Of course making things that custom, to each student's interests, is all but impossible in the real world. But perhaps students today will develop the software that allows for much more customizable learning in the future.

    Bill also talks about other areas, medicine for one, that software can change the world. There are lots of problems left for computers to help solve.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Links of the Day


    Are you interested in databases? Do you have students who are interested in learning about them? Gene Babon has some suggestions at the Beantown Web.

    Hangman is always a favorite project. Dave Jacobus has a write up on how he is using a Hangman project written in J# with his students. It includes a link to a complete vidro tutorial. Don't you just know how teachers are adopting modern multi-media?

    BTW this may be a good time to link to one of my favorite projects. Simon is the game program that really helped me "get" Object Oriented Design and Programming. I have a write up of how I did the Simon project on my personal web page. A link to sample code in Visual Basic .NET is included.

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