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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

February, 2008

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    How Rare (Game Dev Company) Recruits Graduates


    Rare is one of the top game development companies in the world and is based in the UK. As you might expect there are a lot of people who want to create video games who want to work for Rare and for companies like Rare around the world. There are a bunch of common questions about this sort of thing. Do companies like Rare recruit recent graduates? What are the requirements for working at a company like this? How do companies find their job candidates?

    Well these and many more questions are answered by this article which was written by a senior technical person from Rare. One of the things that becomes clear here is that game companies are interested in working with universities and that having relationships with game companies can help students get jobs when they graduate.

    Even if you are not interested in creating games but would like some insights into the minds of one set of people who recruit for technical jobs you will find this article interesting.  

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Alfred On Channel 8


    Just in case you wondered what I looked and sounded like, I am in a brief video at Channel 8 right now. This was shot at a wrap up party for members of Microsoft's worldwide academic team so the background noise is a little different from the normal interview venue. There are several other members of the team from the US and elsewhere on the short (less than two minutes) video.

    I'm still in Seattle all this week by the way. I am having a wonderful time meeting Microsoft employees from all over the world at an event called TechReady 6. This is a twice a year training event and there are 6,000 Microsoft employees from the field here for the week. What an exciting event. I am making new friends and putting faces to names I know from email and blogs. I love making the real life connections.

    Plus of course I am learning a lot about recently (and soon to be) announced products. I hope to be blogging some of those things soon.


  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Microsoft Math Demo - Making Your Math Homework Easier


    Microsoft Math is an interesting and easy to use tool for doing mathematical calculations. It is sort of a computerized super graphing calculator designed for students.

    Diane Curtis has created a demo of some of the features of Microsoft Math and posted it on Channel 8 - the community site for students interested in technology. Diane is one of those people who really likes math (has a degree in it and everything) and she really believes that this software makes a lot of things in math easier to do and to learn. Check out her demo to learn more.

    What is Microsoft Math? From the product home page:

    With Microsoft Math, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step, while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry and calculus.

    Microsoft Math provides a set of mathematical tools that helps students get school work done quickly and easily. With a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a handheld calculator, Microsoft Math offers a wide range of additional tools to help students with complex mathematics.

    A couple of other math resources:

    MathMovesU - and independent web site for learning about math in interesting ways.

    Math for Word - an add on for Microsoft Word that makes it easier to add formulas, graphs and other mathematical objects into a document.

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