Now that school is up and running pretty much everywhere I’m hard at work on my own efforts to get involved. One of the things I enjoyed most last school year was school visits. I did a number of guest talks at various schools. Career talks, technical talks, Internet safety talks and at a few places I did various project reviews. It’s always fun to hear students talk about projects in progress and ask a few critical evaluative questions. Not surprising I tend to ask the sort of questions their teachers are already asking them. Somehow it seem to resonate in a different way coming from someone with a career in industry. I’m hoping to schedule some more visits this year. Primarily I’m looking to visit schools in New Hampshire where I live and near by Maine and Massachusetts. I have some trips planned to other parts of the country this year (northern NJ near Newark/NYC in mid October for example) so maybe I can visit some other places as well. If you’re interested let me know by email (alfredth (at) microsoft.com or Twitter @AlfredTwo)

People tend to under estimate the power of game consoles because they are used for gaming. however modern game consoles are really quite powerful. According to this story researchers are using an Xbox 360 as a high performance parallel computer for simulations. Gaming drives much of the state of the art in both hardware and software. Something to think about.

I found an interesting interview with Maria Klawe last week. Women in Technology: Maria Klawe on Male Dominance in Tech, What Prevents Innovation & Future Maria Klawe is a pretty amazing person. President of Harvey Mudd College and a member of the board of directors of Microsoft among other accomplishments.

Michelle Hutton, president of the CSTA and a middle school computer science teacher, recently recorded an interview (CS in the Middle School ) in which she talks about the CS program at her all-girls middle school. You can read about it at the CSTA blog at New Podcast on Building a CS Program in Middle School.

The Microsoft Robotics team has opened up a brand new Microsoft Robotics educational home page with lots of tutorials and much improved navigation.

Free resources for teachers from the Microsoft Teachers blog

Lastly, the ISTE 2010 (previously named NECC 2010) call for participation opened last week. Are you going? Do you have something to propose as a talk?