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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

September, 2009

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Firestarter Event Series – Information about Microsoft Technologies

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    Are you a school or district IT person looking for more information about the latest Microsoft technologies. Or perhaps you are a teacher looking to introduce some of these technologies to your students. In either case these free sessions may be useful for you.

    Heat up your skills with the all-new Firestarter event series. Each day tackles a single Microsoft technology, including free sessions presented live by Microsoft developer and IT pro evangelists and technology specialists - with special appearances from community luminaries. Attend in person, via live meeting or download the webcast at your convenience.

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    DEVELOPER EVENTS

    Seattle - Silverlight

    Thursday, Sept 17, 2009

    8:45 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: SCOTT GUTHRIE

    Microsoft Conference Center/ Bldg. 33

    1st Floor, Cascade Room, 16070 NE 36th Way

    Redmond, WA 98052 – USA

    LIVE EVENT | REGISTER >>  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032422412&Culture=en-US

    LIVE WEBCAST | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032423163&EventCategory=2&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

    Get ready for this season's hottest technology event. The FREE Silverlight™ 3 Firestarter sessions will burn up Redmond, WA on Thursday September 17th and we've got a stellar line-up of Microsoft speakers, including a keynote from Scott Guthrie and presentations from Tim Heuer, Brad Abrams, Karl Shifflett and other community leaders. You'll learn what's new and noteworthy in the latest releases of Silverlight and Expression® 3. We'll also give you a rundown on .NET RIA services, toolkit, and more. Don't miss this sizzling opportunity to go deep into Silverlight 3 with Microsoft's best and brightest.

    Seating for the live event is limited, so register today. If you can't join us for the in-person event, register for the online event experience.

    New York - ASP.NET MVC

    Saturday, Oct 3, 2009

    8:30 AM - 5:15 PM Eastern Time

    Grand Hyatt New York Hotel/ Ballroom B

    109 East 42nd Street

    New York, NY 10017

    LIVE EVENT | REGISTER >>  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032424184&Culture=en-US

    LIVE WEBCAST | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032424194&Culture=en-US

    In March 2009, Microsoft added a new option for developing web applications on the .NET platform: the ASP.NET MVC Framework 1.0. You've probably heard quite a bit of buzz in the Microsoft web development community about it. But perhaps you haven't had a chance to take a deeper look at it yet. Then we have an event for you! We will be hosting a full-day ASP.NET MVC Firestarter event live from New York and online to take you from 0-300 level in a day.

    At the ASP.NET MVC Firestarter, we'll give you a quick tour of the framework, then peel back the layers and dive deeper into how it works. As part of that, we'll spend time discussing the design and development practices that lead to the creation of the MVC framework. By the time you leave, you'll have enough knowledge to get fired up and start building web applications on the .NET platform.

    Seating for the live event is limited, so register today. If you can't join us for the in-person event, register for the online event experience.

    IT PRO EVENTS

    Seattle - Windows

    Friday, Sept 18, 2009

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Conference Center/ Bldg. 33

    1st Floor, Cascade Room, 16070 NE 36th Way

    Redmond, WA 98052 - USA

    LIVE EVENT | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032422413&Culture=en-US

    LIVE WEBCAST | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032423124&Culture=en-US

    Windows® 7 and Windows 2008 R2 introduce fantastic new technologies to streamline your business, enhance security and save you money. This Windows Firestarter event will introduce you to these features and then dive deep into how they work. See how DirectAccess provides the remote user with virtually the same experience they would have if they were in the office. Learn how Group Policy and PowerShell can simplify the administration of your network, regardless of how large or small it is. Experience a simpler yet more rich Web surfing experience with new Internet Explorer® 8 features. See new BitLocker™, AppLocker and User Account Control Features that are designed to protect your data no matter where it is. We will also dive into how easy it is to deploy Windows 7 the way you want it deployed - your image, your way - even if you are migrating from Windows XP. Join us for this demo heavy session on all of this and more at Windows Firestarter.

    Seating for the live event is limited, so register today. If you can't join us for the in-person event, register for the online event experience.

    Alpharetta - Windows 7

    Saturday, Oct 17, 2009

    8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Eastern Time

    Microsoft Alpharetta Office

    Centennial Park 1125 Sanctuary Pkwy Suite 300

    Alpharetta GA 30009

    LIVE EVENT | REGISTER >>  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032424192&Culture=en-US

    LIVE WEBCAST | REGISTER >> http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032424195&EventCategory=2&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

    Windows® 7 introduces some fantastic new technologies to streamline your business, enhance security and save you money. We'll start this Windows Firestarter event from the users point of view and have a fun and lively introduction to some of the new features in Windows 7. Next we'll move onto DirectAccess and show how remote users can connect seamlessly to the corporate network, giving them virtually the same experience as being in the office, all of this without VPN! We'll then move on and learn how to protect your drives and data with BitLocker™ and show how Windows 7 extends this protection to USB drives with BitLocker-To-Go™.

    Finally we'll round off the day with an in-depth look at how to automate your deployments of Windows 7 with System Center Configuration Manager. This information packed, demo intensive day will kick-start your Windows 7 knowledge and get you well on the way to being prepared for deploying Windows 7.

    Seating for the live event is limited, so register today. If you can't join us for the in-person event, register for the online event experience.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    President Obama's "I Am What I Learn" Video Contest

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    Received this announcement today.

    On Tuesday, September 8th, President Obama will announce his Back to School challenge – the “I Am What I Learn” video contest for students. The President will then deliver a historic national address to the students of America and ask them to create videos describing what they can do to improve their education, and the role education will play in fulfilling their dreams.  The deadline for students to submit videos to the contest is October 8th, 2009, and we want to help students with their videos!

    Here are some resources to help students use Windows Live Movie Maker – an incredibly fast way to create and share their 2 minute video online.

    • How to use Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows Vista & Windows 7

    YouTube Facebook Twitter Website

    • More Microsoft resources just for students:

    YouTube Facebook Twitter Website

    • More Microsoft resources just for teachers:

    Blog Twitter Website

    • How to use Windows Movie Maker for Windows XP here. To learn more about the new Movie Maker (for Vista and Windows 7) and see real movies created with Movie Maker, please visit www.moviemakerpreview.com or check out the Windows Live team blog post. (Lots of helpful links and information at the Windows Live Movie Maker Blog Post

    The question the President poses to students is what they can do to improve their education. Here is a site with some resources we have that might help: Own Your Future.”

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    Interesting Links Labor Day 2009

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    I’m not really working today. Well just this post really. For the most part I have been largely offline for Labor Day weekend. Enjoying family, sun, books, and relaxing. My wife and son start school with their students tomorrow. They’ve been doing the usual back to school teacher days last week. Their rooms are ready. Plans are in place and tomorrow it is what I like to call “show time!” But to help you get going I have a few links from the previous week to share.

    Glen Westbroek a teacher I follow on Twitter @gardenglen has been sharing posters from his classroom. I thought this one about how many days without a failing grade was fun.

    According to this post at the CSTA blog Race to the Top should make STEM a higher priority and make sure it includes computer science. I have to say that I completely agree. Speaking of the CSTA, are you a Computer Science Teachers in K-12? Are you a member of the CSTA? What is the CSTA? You should join!

    Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers) continues to Tweet interesting links  “Yes Yes! We should be teaching our children to think  - The Observer”

    From Leigh Ann Sudol (@lsudol) Programmers top 10 sentences Though you may want to be careful with what WTF means.

    If you use or want to create Math worksheets Microsoft has released a new prototype Math Worksheet Generator from Education Labs http://bit.ly/2POnxm There are more tools for teachers coming from Microsoft

    The US Imagine Cup web site is online http://www.imaginecup.us/ The US rules have been changed this year to allow high schools students 16 and older to participate. Some of my co-workers are a little afraid of the idea that high school student teams may show up some of the college teams. I say go for it. Make a name from your self as a high school student.

    Interested in astronomy? The Worldwide Telescope team at Microsoft Research launched a big update last week. Read about the new worldwide telescope changes here.

    From Microsoft Learning (@MSLearning) there is a new (and free!) E-Learning Course: Introduction to XAML

    Dimitris Gkanatsios (@dgkanatsios) has a new blog post (in English he’s in Greece) on a simple shooting game with Silverlight 3 and C#

    I found this interesting leaning game - Fun with Math Imaginary Blackjack Game in a blog post by Megan Golding (@mgolding) which is more a math thing – imaginary numbers are a big part of it – but I thought it worth sharing more widely.

    Have interesting links to share? Feel free to email me (alfredth (at) microsoft.com), leave a comment or Twitter me @AlfredTwo

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