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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

October, 2008

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Surface Technology Development

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    One of the hottest new technologies in computer interfaces is Microsoft Surface which uses multi-touch to allow several items (like hands for example) to control things happening in software. The hardware for this is a bit expensive. OK it’s a lot expensive. Microsoft recently released some software as an open source project that makes this technology a lot easier and less expensive to try out. It requires a webcam to use and the following Touchless SDK video shows what it is about.

    You can get the Touchless Software Development Kit here. Might be just the thing for a senior project, an independent study, or just to do something completely different and unexpected.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Learning How to Use Silverlight

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    Have you heard about Silverlight? Have you ever wanted to learn how to use it yourself? If you haven’t heard about Silverlight I borrowed some text from the Silverlight home page to explain it.

    Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.
    By using Expression Studio and Visual Studio, designers and developers can collaborate more effectively using the skills they have today to light up the Web of tomorrow.

    There are a bunch of great learning tools for Silverlight at the Silverlight web site. The videos are in several categories including:

    Visit the Getting Started with Silverlight to, well, to see how to get started.

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    Kick-off the Northeastern Girls Collaborative Project with a day of networking

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    I received this from the event organizers who asked me to pass it along. Looks like a good event. I think I’m going to try and make it myself.

    Are you from NH, VT, MA or RI, and are you working to get more girls involved with science, engineering, technology and math?

    The Northeastern Girls Collaborative Project will be hosting a Kick-off event on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at the University of New Hampshire, located in Manchester, NH.

    GOAL: To create a strong network of leading organizations and influential individuals that support girls to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

    WHO: Girl-serving organizations, professional organizations, businesses, higher education, K-12 teachers and after school programs from NH, VT, MA and RI

    WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2008, from 9:30 AM to 3 PM

    WHERE: The University of New Hampshire, Manchester campus

    400 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH 03101

    COST: $10

    WHAT: Help us kick-off the Northeastern Girls Collaborative Project with a day of networking:

    Share information about your project or organization,

    Discuss barriers to serving girls in STEM,

    and Learn about Mini-grant opportunities

    HOW: Register by OCTOBER 31, 2008 at: http://www.ngcproject.org/events/events.cfm?eventid=104

    QUESTIONS: Email northeasterngcp@gmail.com

    Schedule of Events:

    9:00 -10:00 Registration

    10:00 – 10:45 Opening Ceremony

    11:00 – 12:15 Panel I

    12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

    1:00 – 2:15 Panel II

    2:30-2:45 Mini-Grant Forum

    3:00 Adjourn

    Sponsored by: UNH-Manchester and the National Girls Collaborative Project

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