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April, 2009

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    Interesting Links April 20 2009


    If it is Monday it must be time to recap the recent links. This week I have a number that I sent to Twitter but also a number that came via email that I haven’t had time to Twitter. Yes, it’s true I have been so busy lately that I haven’t been Twittering as much.

    Starting off with one I did Twitter is a link to the Innovative Teachers Network.

    … a global community of educators who value innovative uses of information and communication technology to enhance teaching and learning experiences.

    Mark Guzdial had two interesting posts this week and I Twittered links to both.

    On Tech & Learning there was an article titled 9 reasons Teachers should Twitter

    Have you seen Aero Shake yet? A feature new in Windows 7 that I thought was cool and have been using since I saw this video. I’ll have links to more information on Windows 7 soon so stay tuned. Subscribe to this blog if you use an RS reader like RSS Bandit or Google Reader. Thanks!

    Oh and there is a new version of Small Basic out. Now available with both UI and help in French as well as English. Very cool. I’m in Canada this week so I will have to make sure I mention that.

    From the CSTA blog  Communication Skills for Computer Science Students (& maybe more of the curriculum as well) We do need to teach all students that they need to communicate well and teacher them how to do so.

    There are some new videos out for learning how to use Visual Web Developer Express. Haven’t Twittered that one yet.

    Does you school have a business education department? Interested in using the Microsoft Dynamics products in your curriculum? Check out the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program.

    Are you in New Hampshire by any chance? The University of New Hampshire is offering a summer Tech Camp this year. Junior high and high school students entering grades 7-10 who are curious about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) will be interested. There are both day camp and residential options. There is something to be said for a student getting to live on a college campus while in high school and visualizing themselves there someday.

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    2009 Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) Symposium


    I got this announcement about the CS & IT symposium held in conjunction with NECC again this year and thought I should share it. Yes, I’ll be there and yes, I’ll be presenting. Anita Verno and I will be talking about certifications in computer fields that students can work towards. It should be a good event – all the previous ones have been.

    More than half of the spots are already filled for the 2009 Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) Symposium!

    CSIT 09, CSTA’s annual conference for computer science and informational technology teachers, will take place Saturday, June 27, 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, in conjunction with NECC, the National Educational Computing Conference.

    This full-day event features concurrent and general sessions that focus on critical issues, including:

    · CS for all Students Using Differentiated Instruction

    · Transitioning from Alice to Java

    · Navigating the Professional Certification Maze

    · SAS Programming for High Schools

    · Engaging Students with Scratch Programming

    · Using Game Maker to Motivate and Engage Students

    And many more! (See for the full agenda.)

    Network with colleagues! Earn eight professional development seat hours!, Attend interesting and relevant sessions! Enjoy a relaxing lunch, and clean-up on giveaways!

    REGISTER NOW to make sure that you get one of the remaining spaces!

    The cost of registration is $40.00 Enrollment is limited, so please complete and submit your online registration no later than June 15, 2009.

    If you have any questions, please e-mail Barbara Conover at:

    See you at CSIT in DC!

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    April 2009 Free eBooks from Microsoft Press


    Microsoft Press didn’t offer a free eBook last month but there are two available now – for a limited time only. School tech departments may and small business tech support people will very likely be interested in the first one. The second may be of interest to schools, teachers and anyone looking to start programming on their own.

  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion (Pro—Administrator's Companion) by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now! by Patrice Pelland
  • This lively, colorful book offers a fun, learn-by-doing introduction to Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition—an easy-to-use version of a popular, professional-level development tool. Get software and how-to instructions for your first project!

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