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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

December, 2008

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Free EBooks From Microsoft Learning

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    I was checking the Microsoft Learning blog the other day and saw this announcement of some free eBooks as Microsoft Press continues its 25th Anniversary eBook giveaway. The books below are only available until December 24th so grab them now if they look interesting. I’ve grabbed a copy of Writing Secure Code for Vista myself. Writing secure code is something I think is very important and something that I think students should at least discuss from their earliest programming experiences.

    Understanding IPv6, by Joseph Davies
    Writing Secure Code for Vista, by Michael Howard and David LeBlanc

    Also you can sign up for a newsletter that will let you know as soon as additional free eBooks become available. Visit one of those book links for more information.

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    Teacher Tech Tuesdays January 2009

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    The Teacher Tech Tuesday program (last blogged about here) is dedicated to helping teachers and academic administrators get more out of Microsoft products. The goal is to help bring technology in to classrooms as a tool to teach other subject and not just to teach technology for the sake of technology. I just received the schedule for Teach Tech Tuesdays for January 2009 and they look interesting. Podcasting in history class, getting more dynamic content using MS Office, increasing collaboration using OneNote and using Microsoft Math in math classes.  And if you need more incentive there are special offers for each program. Yeah, free, is a good price. :-)

    More information below:

    Title/Presenter

    Date

    Description

    Presenter

    Offer

    Explore podcasting and Zune with 8th grade history teacher

    January 6th

    Learn how to enhance your curriculum with podcasting. A teacher will share how he uses audio to help students study and reach students with learning disabilities.

    Presenter: Eric Langhorst—Teacher, South Valley Junior High School, Liberty, Missouri

    One 120GB Zune to be given away!

    Leveraging Learning Essentials with Microsoft Office 2007

    January 13th

    Learn how to create dynamic content for your classroom by integrating Learning Essentials 2.0 — a free companion product for Microsoft Office 2007.

    Presenter: Donnie Hall—Microsoft Solution Specialist

    30 copies of Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate given away for FREE

    Get connected and collaborate in your Classroom with Office OneNote

    January 20th

    Learn how to organize class materials and create a collaborative environment.

    Presenter: Tony Franklin—Microsoft Solutions Specialist

    All attendees to the LIVE event will receive a free copy of Microsoft Office OneNote 2007

    Boost your confidence in the classroom with Microsoft Student and Microsoft Math

    January 27th

    Walk through a number of features included in Microsoft Student and Microsoft Math that connect your students to the information they need.

    Presenter: Tony Franklin—Microsoft Solutions Specialist

    All attendees to the LIVE event will receive a free copy of Microsoft Student

    Also follow the Teacher Tech blog for updated and current information. And they are on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ms_teachertech

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    Small Basic 0.2 Goes Live

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    The latest update of Small Basic went live this week. I wrote about Small Basic once before. The latest version includes a list of improvements, additions and bug fixes. See also the Small Basic forums or the Small Basic Blog for more information.

    At a high level, this release includes the following updates:

    • Bug fixes on the IDE
    • A smarter compiler with better language service features, including auto-indent
    • Inclusion of ElseIf keyword in the language
    • Better File access operations
    • Access to position and angle of Turtle

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