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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

October, 2007

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    ACM Student Memberships


    ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is the professional society for people in the computer science field. While most people know about professional societies not as many seem to be aware that many of them have student memberships that can be very valuable and quite cost effective. ACM is one of those.

    Students can join for $19.00 at this location. What do they get for their money?

    • Full access to 500 FREE online books and 2,200 FREE online courses.
    • Gives you full access to the Guide to Computing Literature with over one million bibliographic citations.
    • Full year subscriptions to Communications of the ACM online with our Student Pointers email alert service, Crossroads, ACM's Student Magazine, in print and online, MemberNet and Student Quick Takes member newsletters, and TechNews and CareerNews.
    • Access to Ubiquity, ACM's opinion magazine and forum, and eLearn, ACM's magazine dedicated to distance education
    • Discounts on all ACM journals and magazines
    • Discounted rates to attend ACM conferences
    • A free email forwarding address
    • Discounts and special access to valuable products and services through the ACM's Insurance, Discounts, and Special Offers Programs such as: credit cards, insurance, software, hardware, publications, and more
    • The option to subscribe to the full ACM Digital Library with over 40 computing publications and nearly 2 million pages of text.

    The online books and courses alone are a huge benefit as they give students resources for self-learning and for research. The magazines are great ways to keep up with new trends in the industry and in academia.

    If you are a member or a teacher you can get brochures to give to your students from ACM. Visit here.

    Are you a professional in the field and not an ACM member? Visit this link to find about benefits and to sign up for a professional membership.

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  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Free Book On Building Great Web Sites


    The Microsoft Office Live team has created a free book entitled "Build a Web site That Sells" that may be useful in web design classes. The book "includes tips, techniques, and tools to help you design an effective and engaging Web site, generate more Web site traffic, maximize search engine results, provide a more secure online experience, and much more."

    It's designed in part for customers of the Windows Office Live program which offers both free and paid services for business professionals but includes a lot of information that is useful for anyone who wants to create a professional or professional looking web site. Just the sort of supplemental material for a web design course. And of course the price (FREE) makes it the kind of tool schools can afford.

    Download the book from here.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Top Links from September


    I thought I might review some of the things I linked to that seemed to be the most interesting to the most people in the last month.

    Tablet PC Stuff

    • The IEEE Computer Society magazine issue with a bunch of articles on Tablet PCs in education is available for free download (PDF file - 4.6 MB) for a limited time. I saved a copy so if you missed the chance to get it "live" let me know. Details here.
    • TV Report on Tablet PCs in the classroom at Thomas Jefferson school. Details here.

    Teaching Stuff

    Articles with the most comments

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