Well here it is Columbus Day and my home wi-fi is dead – long story. So I drove to the library to use their wi-fi. And they are closed. Closed on a holiday? I guess it make some sense. Fortunately the wi-fi reaches the parking lot and so I sit here working on some stuff that absolutely has to get done today. So ok blogging is not absolutely has to get done but other stuff does. I wanted to post this while I was connected though. Twitter continues to be a great source of useful links for me. So does my email and I really appreciate the people who email me links to share. I hope you will find one of more of these useful.

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Do you know any student bloggers? Age 18 and older who have been blogging at least three months? From @scottlum I found out that Microsoft will send one female & one student blogger from the US to Winter Olympics based on an online contest.

It’s not too early to think about conferences next year. Especially the really good ones. From @ghc I saw a “Save the Dates!” message about the Grace Hopper 2010 conference, Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2010, Atlanta, GA. Next year’s theme: "Collaborating Across Boundaries" I’m thinking about some ideas for presentation proposals. I’d like to work with a teacher or two on some of them and do a joint talk.

Several sources told me about an amazing series of educational videos by Salman Khan at http://www.khanacademy.org/ He doesn’t have computer science videos yet but is planning on some in the future. What he does have looks really good though. Share them with your friends who teach other subjects.

Randy Guthrie who works on the academic team at Microsoft (Twitter @randyguthrie) Posted a great blog post titled  Installing Windows 7 on an older computer: a realistic scenario If you are concerned about installing Windows 7 on older computers at your school, office or home this post is well worth checking out.

The always interesting Peter Vogel (Twitter @PeterVogel) linked to an interesting look at the periodic table. This example, from a researcher at Microsoft is circular. Hard to read in hard copy but I’m thinking it would be interesting if made interactive so that you could turn it in the computer screen.

Angela Maiers (Twitter @AngelaMaiers) linked to this article 30 Twitter Tips for Teachers If you are thinking about trying Twitter and joining the huge academic community online using Twitter take a good look at that article and get a good start. (Follow me @AlfredTwo of course.)