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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

February, 2009

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Silverlight Developer Contest


    I know that a lot of students are looking to learn new skills and show of the ones they have. And often having a project, particularly one with a potential cash prize, can inspire students just a little extra to learn something new. Plus the people behind this contest are friends of mine so I have to share it with you.

    What’s your creativity worth?  This winter, build, shape and code your game concepts, and you stand to win $5000. From January 26th, to April 15th, Microsoft is asking game developers to dust off their best game ideas and bring them to life using Silverlight 2.0, the flexible new platform for delivering rich online content to your audience. 

    This idea of the Server Quest Silverlight contest is to have people create small fun games using Silverlight. It looks like fun. Contestants must be 16 years or older and its limited to the US- Sorry but I don’t make the rules.

  • 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:

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Thursday Links – 2/12/2009

    • CareerForward is a self-contained online course that can help schools prepare students for their work lives and career opportunities in a global economy. This award-winning course can be used with other career planning tools to help students:
      • Assess their career interests
      • Explore career options
      • Create an education development plan

    • First Bytes is an award winning outreach program designed especially for high school women who want a "taste" of computer science through "hands-on" experience. It is designed to dispel myths about computer science and intrigue young women with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving.
    • Small Basic 0.3 released:

      This version introduces a code sharing feature that allows anyone to publish their program online, with just one click.  The published program can then be imported and run by anyone, as long as they know the id for the program.

      The new set of features are listed below.

      First, the features

      1. Publish and Import
      Remember how you had to copy and paste your program to share it with friends or to post your sample on the forums?  Well, you don't have to anymore.  Just hit the Publish button and you'll get back a 6-digit/letter combination code.  This code uniquely identifies your program and your friends can now view and run your program by importing it using this code.

      Also, you can view your program by going to and typing your program code.  For example, I wrote a really simple program and published it.  The id I got back was DCT967.  Everyone can now view this program at:

      2. Splash Screen

      3. Performance optimizations: Makes Small Basic startup faster


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