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The Coding4Fun site has a special page for April Fools' Day. You may or may not want to tell students about them. That all depends on your students. But you probably want to read what is there so you can recognize what kind of thing they might find on their own.
Of course buried in each "prank" is some serious learning and information about how some times work. There is a screensaver application, how to operate a CD trays and system sounds under program control, and a demo of how AutoCorrect in Word can "go bad." There are things there that you can use.
Geek humor may be different but that sure doesn't mean that it doesn't exist!
The On10.net web site has a video of a visit to a school where all of the students use laptop computer. They have started using Tablet PC this year. Students as young as 5th grade are using them. Teachers are using them to teach as well. All of this is quite a change from the professor who banned laptops from her courses that I wrote about in a previous blog entry.
Kevin Schofield, whose daughters attend the school in the On10 video talks about it at his blog at On10.
You can find an interactive tutorial for C# using Visual Studio Express here. This tutorial will walk you though the IDE, how to save data to a file and how to debug a program. It is all interactive and will walk you though everything step by step. At the end you will know how to write a program that duplicates a subset of the features of Notepad. It makes for an interesting exercise.
Thanks to Dan Fernandez who is responsible for getting this developed and making it available.