Had an interesting end of the week last week. I visited the Bergen County Academies on Friday and on Saturday I attended a meeting of the Northern New Jersey CSTA Chapter. I was able to visit with some teachers I have known for a while and to meet some new (to me) teachers. All in all a good trip. One of the things I learned was that there is a group called MARCH – the Mid Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists who are collecting old computers in New Jersey. They have a very hands on facility and welcome school field trips. Students can actually try out computers that power up and run. A very interesting idea.

Microsoft on the Issues had a great post titled Enabling Students of All Abilities to Realize Their Potential that talks about making computers accessible to differently abled people. This is an issue that I believe we need to make sure our computing students understand. It’s a big deal.

From the Microsoft News Twitter (via @MSFTnews) there is a link to a video about an amazing school were 300 young international students believe a good education is key to succeeding here.

Imagine Cup

There are four more opportunities to score well enough on an Imagine Cup IT Challenge round 1 quiz to get to the second round. Do you need a little help preparing for the next Imagine Cup IT Challenge Quiz? Resources here

Looking at getting started in phone development? Then you will want to check out Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners

Ben Nunney (@bennuk) Tweeted  “Are you a girl geek? Ten tonnes of awesomeness on this new Facebook page dedicated to Women at Microsoft.”

Last week Small Basic 0.91 was released wit support for three new languages - Portuguese (Portugal), Hebrew, and Croatian.