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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

November, 2008

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    IT Challenge 2009 Worldwide Competition for High School and College Students Ages 16 and Over

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    Attention all high school students 16 and over. Are you interested in information technology?

    Microsoft Imagine Cup Announces the IT Challenge 2009 Worldwide Competition for High School and College Students Ages 16 and Over. This worldwide competition is focused on finding solutions to real-world issues. We need you...to imagine a better world, and then make it happen. 

    COMPETITION DATES
    You can still compete, but don't delay there's only 5 quizzes left!

    Infrastructure 11/23/08
    Application    12/9/2008
    Application    12/20/2008
    Management     1/14/2009
    Management     1/31/2009

    Sign up today: http://imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=23

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    Why should you participate?

    • You can further develop your IT talent by participating in a global competition.
    • You get a chance to compete with peers from other countries.
    • You have access to Imagine Cup forums to network with other students with similar technology interests.
    • The IT Challenge adds value to your education. The online quizzes are like mini-certification exams. You can use them as practice exams or see what it's like to take a Microsoft certification.
    • Eligible students who move on to round 3 have the potential to win up to US$8,000 in the WW Finals plus an all expense trip to the Imagine Cup World Wide finals in Cairo, Egypt, in July 2009.
    • There are no fees to register for the IT Challenge competition and guess what, you can compete online!
    • And better yet, you get access to virtual labs and 100+ hours of premium technical e-learning and e-books to prepare for the competition.

    Check out past competitors http://channel8.msdn.com/Tags/ImagineCup08finals

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    What’s the process for signing up?

    The IT Challenge is an individual competition based on four themed online quizzes (client, infrastructure, application, and management technologies). Competitors are challenged to demonstrate proficiency in the art of developing, deploying, configuring and maintaining IT systems that are efficient, robust, and secure.  In addition to analysis and decision-making processes, this invitational challenges students to demonstrate proficiency in the science of networks, databases, and servers.
    Remember, you are only required to participate in (and pass) one of the quizzes in Round One to move onto the round 2.  Every eligible entrant that receives a valid score of 50% or higher on any single Round One quiz as determined by Imagine Cup will advance to Round Two. Here are four easy steps:

    Step one: Register for the IT Challenge
    Step two: Compete in Round 1 online* (feel free to try practice quizzes before the “real thing”)
    Step three: Eligible winners compete in Round 2 online.
    Step four: Eligible students who move on to Round 3 have the potential to win up to US$8,000 in the WW Finals plus an all expense trip to the Imagine Cup World Wide finals in Cairo, Egypt, in July 2009!

    For a complete description and information about eligibility and judging criteria, visit http://imaginecup.com/Competition/Rules-Regulations.aspx

    Sign up today: http://imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=23

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    ABOUT IMAGINE CUP: The Imagine Cup brings together more than 200,000 students from over 100 countries around the world where they compete to help find the answers.  And no matter who comes up with the best solutions - everybody wins!

    In 2009, the Imagine Cup challenges the world's most talented students to "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today." Some might use technology to help a brother or sister get an education. Or find entirely new approaches for medicine.  Or discover ways to counter the inequalities that exist between genders around the world.  These students might ensure the sustainability of our planet or help deliver universal primary education.  Yeah, it's that important.

    The United Nations has identified some of the hardest challenges in the world today in its Millennium Goals. This year the Imagine Cup uses these ambitious challenges as a guiding light to inspire change all over the world. Learn more about the eight Millennium Goals by visiting http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals.

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    Have you heard about Academic Second Shot? If you are planning on taking a certification exam, you get two shots at passing a Microsoft 072 (academic series) certification exam, and the first exam is offered at a student discount!

    Register now for an academic discount on your first exam www.microsoft.com/learning/2ndshot 

    For more information, please contact Lani Fraizer at lani (at) synergiesinsync.org or call (916) 458-6460.

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    Are you already participating in the Imagine Cup's IT Challenge or Academic Second Shot?

    Please take a few moments to share your feedback with us: lani@synergiesinsync.org.

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    Nominate Your Tech-Savvy Superintendent

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    Now don’t laugh. There are some very tech-savvy superintendents of schools out there. This are people who lead by modeling behavior, who fight for technology for their schools, and provide training for teachers and tech support people.

    eSchool News is working with the Pearson Foundation and Promethean to recognize these education leaders. More information here and in the paragraphs quoted below.

    Does your superintendent "get it" when it comes to technology? Does he or she demonstrate exemplary vision for the use of technology to improve all facets of education--and show outstanding leadership in working to make this vision a reality?
    Then nominate your superintendent for our annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, sponsored by the Pearson Foundation and Promethean. Winners will be honored in a ceremony held in conjunction with the American Association for School Administrators’ annual conference in San Francisco Feb. 19-21.
    Nominees, who must be general superintendents of a K-12 school system, will be judged according to the criteria below. Ten national finalists will be chosen by the editors of eSchool News in consultation with the previous year's winners.

    Nominate Here
    http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/tssa/submittssa/

    I like the “Ten "Hallmarks of Excellence" for the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards” that you’ll find down the page a bit.

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    Journal for Computing Teachers (JCT) Fall 2008

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    Are you a member of the Special Interest Group for Computing Teachers (SIGCT) of ISTE? If you are then you probably know that the latest issue of the Journal for Computing Teachers is out. If not, well, think about signing up. Either way the Fall 2008 issue is here.

    From the web site:

    The Journal for Computing Teachers (JCT) is a production of the Special Interest Group for Computing Teachers (SIGCT) of ISTE. The mission of SIGCT is to enhance precollege instruction in computer science. Toward that end, we seek and share information with our membership through JCT. Items included normally address the content or pedagogy of programming and computer literacy/fluency courses or instructional aids for them. We are interested in

    • articles
    • well-reasoned opinion pieces
    • book, software, and site reviews
    • reports of/from conferences, programming contests, etc.
    • letters to the editor
    • advertisements for and announcements of appropriate instructional materials and profession conferences

    The article An Introduction to Sorting from a Human Perspective by Lon Levy looks very interesting even if the code samples are in Scheme. :-)

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