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So I’m on vacation this week. I’m trying to stay unplugged and away from the Internet. Time to mentally refresh and relax. But I’ve tried to post a few things of interest this week to keep things going. One of the blogs I have really enjoyed reading the last two weeks is Mari Hobkirk’s reports from the Teacher Game Institute that she is attending at Denver University. The first post in the series is here. It sounds like a really great program and I hope to read about how she uses what she’s been learning when school starts up again.
The 2008 Imagine Cup finals is currently being held in Paris France. This international competition involves tens of thousands of university students around the world. This year’s theme is "Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment." The creative projects that teams have come up with are downright amazing. I think that these teams are demonstrating ways that computer science and technology can make a real difference in the world. Exciting stuff.
The official Imagine Cup finals blog is open and active. There you will find regular updates from the staff at the finals event (no I didn’t get to go – maybe one day) as well as links to blogs by many of the competitors. The team is adding all sorts of information including team profiles, interviews, pictures and much more! There are also video updates at Channel 8 BTW.
There are team blogs from all over the world. The list alone is worth checking out to see not only who is their from your country or geographic region but from other parts of the world as well. (The US Software Design team blog is here.)
Also several friends of mine at there and blogging. Didith Rodrigo is a professor of Computer Science at Ateneo De Manila in the Philippines. I never miss an update at her blog and will be following her stay in Paris with interest. And Rob Miles who is a lecturer at the University of Hull in the UK is there. Rob is always interesting. Both have posted their first messages from the Imagine Cup finals.
June was an interesting month with two main topics that generated traffic and conversation. The most conversation was about women in computer science. Women and Minorities in Computer Science had several comments and attracted a lot of readers. But Articles About STEM Education had 11 different comments and is one of the most commented on posts I’ve had in a while.
A pair of posts I made about projects for a computer science classroom A Group Project – Create an Index File System and A Whole Pile of Programming Competition Questions also received a lot of traffic though not many comments.
A post called Computer Labs As Crutch which was inspired by a post by Mike Sansone also attracted traffic and comments. That one was a little different from the other topics as it was stand alone and not one of several posts of the same theme.