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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

February, 2009

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    DreamSpark High School Now Open


    Dreamspark is a program that Microsoft first announced last year for college and university students. Ever since then a Dreamspark program for high schools has been “coming.”  Well just before Christmas a beta version of the program and web site soft launched. Soft launch means it was there if you stumbled upon it or if you heard about it by work of mouth. The idea was to try the system out with small numbers to make sure things work before making a big announcement. Well it’s ready for real now and I wanted to be one of the first to talk about it. (Though Brian Scarbeau found out about it during the beta and blogged about it already.)

    Now privacy and the care of personally identifying information on minors is a huge concern for us all. Likewise we wanted to make sure that adults were able to see/read/understand/explain the EULA to students. So the way Dreamspark high school works is that a school administrator or teachers signs up for a school. There is a verification process and than the responsible adult at the school is given a set of keys or approval codes to hand out to students.  Students use that code to log in and get access to a whole lot of software for free!

    Developer tools, server operating systems, Robotics Studio and XNA Game Studio and more. Don’t miss the IT Academy Student Pass for free training either! And yes the college/university program is still there and still the same great program that thousands of students have already taken advantage of.


  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Five Year Blogging Anniversary


    Today marks five years of blogging for me. That day was a Saturday as well. Funny how things work out.

    I have to say that time does fly when one is having fun. My first blog post was at a blogging/community site called the Spoke. I wrote about business travel that day. It was the start of an experience that has made me friends and acquaintances all over the world. And broadened my thinking on many topics.

    Today the Spoke has been closed but I have moved my blogging in more directions. I blog about social computing and other more random topics at by blog on Live Spaces – my Alfred Thompson the Cyberspace People Watcher  blog. I blog about computer science and education topics at blogs.msdn – my high school Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson blog. I blog about random stuff at  Mr T's rants and ravings – a blog hosted by a former student. And I micro-blog at Perhaps I should consolidate into one blog somewhere. Perhaps one day I will. But for now this is working for me.

    So to all who read my blogs, link to my blogs, comment on my blogs and those who have participated in blogging with me for the last five years – Thanks!

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Students 2 Business


    With the way the economy has been going lately it has never been more important to help students make the transition to regular employment on graduation. Microsoft is interested in helping students find entry-level jobs and internships in the Microsoft partner community — more than 10,000 U.S. companies. Microsoft wants to help companies to fill  open job requirements with available talent and building the pipeline of skilled workers in the technology industry. This is where the Students to Business (S2B) program comes into play.

    You probably know that Microsoft provides unique training and certification opportunities to students, filling the gap between the skills that students graduate with and the skills needed for employment. Microsoft is committed to enabling students majoring in IT and CS. These creative and entrepreneurial students will drive the next wave of U.S. technology innovation. The S2B program encourages technology industry growth by connecting talented people to good jobs.

    If you know a company looking to hire entry level position or a student or students looking to kick start their career than the S2B program may be able to help.

    For More Information:

    · U.S. Portal for Microsoft Students to Business:

    · Microsoft Students to Business:

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