Well I must confess that I am struggling to get back into the whole "doing work" thing after taking the last 10 or so days off. It's a good thing I had posted some posts to appear during the break or some of your would wonder if I'd fallen off the face of the earth. Well I hope you'd notice. :-)

I have some new things to post and I'll get them up soon but for today I am going to just highlight the top posts from last month in case you missed them or you want to go back and jump into the discussion.

November's "Is Computer Science Dying" post continued to be a heavy traffic post well into December. With 12 comments there was a lot of discussion but plenty of room for more.

I was pleased to see that my link to Blogs By and For High School Computer Science Teachers received a lot of traffic as well. I am always on the look out for more blogs that fit that category so if you have one or know one please leave a comment so we can all learn about it. I love to link to good ideas from teachers (like this post from earlier this week.)

There was a lot of interest in my post about Dan Water's video casts on Robotics and .NET Fundamentals. Dan's videos can be found here on his blog or now also on Channel 8.

My trip report about my visit to Bryan Baker's computer science class was widely read but the best thing about that post was that several of Baker's former students left comments about how much they learned from and appreciated his classes. Not much warms the heart as much as students who appreciate their teachers.

There is still time for high school teachers (and college faculty) to get reservations for Microsoft's conference in Game Development in Computer Science which I wrote about 2 weeks ago. But registration closes January 11th so you'll have to decide soon!

Over the break (possibly not the best timing) I posted a review of the latest information I have on a number of alternative beginning programming languages. If you are looking for something other than the usual Java, VB, C++ or PASCAL you may want to take a look at that post. If there are other languages and tools I should know about please let me know. I'd appreciate it.

Also over the break was my attempt to start some conversation around the AP curriculum. There are a few comments (OK Baker and I were chatting) but I think the topic deserves a lot more discussion. Stop by of you have a chance. Or participate at the CSTA blog post on the same topic where there are also a couple of comments.