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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

April, 2006

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    The Hard Drive Ate My Homework


    According to a survey of students in Canada released by Daniel Shapiro, Academic Program Manager - Microsoft Canada, "The Hard Drive Ate My Homework" is the second most common computer related excuse used by female students for not handing in their homework. Both male and female students ranked the printer running out of ink as the most common excuse. I've talked to a lot of people in a lot of schools who agree that there is often a run on the school computers in the beginning of the day with students trying to print out homework they were unable to print out at home. So I tend to believe that dry printers is often valid. But I find it hard to believe that all that many disk drives are crashing.

    Boys blame viruses a lot according to the survey. Once again that seems unlikely. Oh sure there are viruses out there but ones that let the computer work un until the homework is due? I don't think so. But that could be the teacher in me. What sort of excuses have you heard from students? Do a lot of them blame their computers?

    More interesting numbers at Daniel's blog where there is also a link to the press release with even more details.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Samsung’s Hope for Education


    Samsung’s Hope for Education is a joint effort with Microsoft and the Tony Danza Show to better educate U.S. elementary, middle and high schools by adding new digital technologies and software. So far this program has donated over $3 million in technology and software to schools that really need it. The plan is to give away $2 million though an essay contest and the School Makeover program of the Tony Danza Show.

    You can get more information on this program at the web site. Specific information about the School Makeover program may be found here.

    Essays will answer the question, “Do you know of an individual student or teacher, or group of school children, who are missing out on opportunities because they don't have access to technology?” Do you teach at or know of a school like that?

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Announcing the FutureReady award winners!


    Last week at FETC in Orlando, Microsoft, Dell and Intel were honored to award all the prizes associated with the three FutureReady contests. See the winners here.

    • Mobile Computer Lab winners here.
    • Dell Intelligent Classroom winners here.
    • Visionary winners here.

    These schools put a lot of thought and effort into their applications for these awards. The return was some serious money though. It will be interesting to here for them later as to how this new cash and hardware works out in their schools.

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