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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

July, 2006

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Putting Some E in STEM

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    I found a site called Teach Engineering that looks pretty interesting.

    Engineers have a hand in designing, creating or modifying nearly everything we touch, wear, eat, see and hear. Introducing engineering into the K-12 classroom connects science and math concepts to the everyday engineering that surrounds us. This teacher resource, TeachEngineering.com, helps teachers enhance learning, excite students and stimulate interest in science and math through the use of hands-on engineering.

    It is a fairly large collection of curriculum for incorporating engineering into various subject areas. These may just be the things to move more engineering thinking into the general curriculum. I’ll bet there are some similar things that computer science teachers could do to help inject some CS thinking into the general curriculum. Something to think about.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Meeting the technical challenges of the future

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    For the first time in several years I am not at Microsoft Research’s Research Faculty Summit. It’s a great conference but with changes in my job and different responsibilities I wasn’t able to make it. Fortunately some of the talks have been webcast. The summit started with a panel session on "Meeting the technical challenges of the future" featuring Dean Richard Newton of UC Berkeley, President Dan Mote of University of Maryland, Richard Russell the Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Lucy Sanders the CEO of the NCWIT, and Microsoft's Craig Mundie. The replay of the webcast is here.

    It is an interesting discussion to watch and listen to. The first hour is mostly the panelists talking about a number of interesting things. But the real meat of the webcast is the question and answer period that starts after the first hour (if you are short on time Windows Media Player lets you slide down to that). I suspect that I could write about a half a dozen blog posts just on things that come up during the Q & A.

    If you are interested in hi-tech educational, research and career issues you should really find some time to watch this webcast.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Databases for Beginners

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    Now available for free is a series of video lessons that use SQL Server 2005 Express Edition to teach databases. The whole series starts here and includes over four hours of video-based instruction. There are 8 lessons in all and they start at the very beginning with "What is a database?"

    You may find these videos useful for your own professional development or as additional resources for use in class. The last lesson actually walks you though the steps of connecting a database to a web application so there are lots of places that might come in handy. Check them out and let me know what you think!

    Oh and if you don't have it installed already you can get SQL Server 2005 Express Edition as a free download here. You will find other samples and some SQL Server 2005 books available at the same site.

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