Computer Science Teacher
Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

January, 2011

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Microsoft at TCEA 2011

    • 0 Comments

    Well I am making my plans to be at TCEA again this year. I’m hoping to see a bunch of people. I’ll be attending some conference sessions, visiting the Web 2.0 and Bloggers areas, and attending the CS/TA SIG meeting. Microsoft has a booth and some workshops and sessions. There is a teacher presented session on XNA in the regular program as well. Also a bring your own laptop session on Expression Web development, as well as a presentation on Kodu that you will not want to miss if you are looking at tech for younger students. A schedule of other events is below and I’ll fill out the times and rooms for the other events as soon as I have them. Or come find me at TCEA!

    Stop by our Booth #1630, attend one of our sessions at the conference, and visit our side meeting room M9 !

    Join us for these engaging sessions – designed especially for TCEA Attendees!

    DATE/TIME

    ACTIVITY

    LOCATION

    Mon Feb 7

    2:15-3:15pm

    The Cloud, Defined.

    Everyone is talking about it, but what is the Cloud? How can it be used for education and increase instructional reach and connect teachers, students, and parents? How is the cloud used for research and learning? Learn about the Cloud in this engaging session and how you can harness the Cloud in your school district and classroom. Discover Cloud tools that can act as an accelerant for learning and how you can start using them today, from video chat to classroom/home collaboration.

    Room 15

    Austin Convention Center

    Tues Feb 8

    8-11am

    Introduction to Windows 7 and Introduction to Office 2010

    Discover how easy it is to navigate Windows 7. Find your files, create digital storytelling projects, and manage TV and more using Windows 7. Learn how you can use your voice to control your computer, explore the Internet, and compose documents. Also learn about free tools you can download and use in your classroom to improve teaching and learning. You will leave saying you never knew Office and Windows could do all of this!

    PC Workshop, Room 5B

    Wed Feb 9

    5-6pm

    The Cloud, Defined.

    Everyone is talking about it, but what is the Cloud? How can it be used for education and increase instructional reach and connect teachers, students, and parents? How is the cloud used for research and learning? Learn about the Cloud in this engaging session and how you can harness the Cloud in your school district and classroom. Discover Cloud tools that can act as an accelerant for learning and how you can start using them today, from video chat to classroom/home collaboration.

    Room 16B

    Austin Convention Center

    Thurs Feb 10

    10:30-11:30am

    Instructional innovations on your PC

    Edit video, broadcast your PowerPoint presentations for parent conferences, and turn mice into clickers for student polling. Document research papers in minutes, spend less instructional time reformatting documents, and develop high quality instructional materials faster than ever. Create and make light edits to Office documents using only your browser and store your documents on the web. In this fast paced session, Scott Thompson is back, showing you how to take back your classroom using Microsoft Office 2010. Develop high quality instructional content and spend less time on the small stuff.

    Tutorial, Room 3

    Austin Convention Center

    Tues-Fri

    Ongoing Sessions!

    Come visit our side meeting room to learn about our classroom tools, free education resources, IT Academy, and the Partners in Learning Network

    Mezzanine 9

    Austin Convention Center



  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Interesting Links 17 January 2010

    • 0 Comments

    It’s Martin Luther King Jr Day. A regular work day for me but I know that a lot of schools have the day off. If you do I hope you are enjoying the three day weekend but also remembering the events that resulted in this day being a holiday across the country. Crazy week for me last week so only a few links. I hope you find at least one or two of them useful.

    Erin “Ed” Donahue (aka @creepyed) suggests that you check out Gail Farnsley talking about student involvement in Technology Conferences on Ed & Ashley's 5 Minute Show

    Speaking of Ed, she has a fairly new blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/creepyed/ I really like her animated telling of the Imagine Cup Software Design competition story.

    Andrew Parsons (aka @MrAndyPuppy) who covers higher education in New York State for Microsoft’s academic team announced that registration is now open for two game and phone camps. New York City (Brooklyn) and upstate New York (Rochester)  Don't miss out

    Leigh Ann wrote a blog post at  in response to the joint blog post my Mark Guzdial, Chris Stephenson and I (A Joint Call for Research on Why Computer Science Education is Important for K-12) and the call for more CSED research about K12 importance at Expanding on the Call for Research Supporting CS Education. As with anything Leigh Ann writes it is worth the time to read.

    The Anita Borg Institute (Twitter @anitaborg_org) announced their 2nd Annual Dare 2B Digital event for young women grades 7-10 Feb 12, 2011 Computer History Museum in Mountain View CA. If you are in the area and know some young women check it out.

    TeachTec (on Twitter @TeachTec ) is back and with music now! –TeachTec is a joint effort between Rob Bayuk (a former teacher) and Tony Franklin (who was in residence at the School of the Future for a couple of years). Both of them are heavily involved in technology integration in education. And great guys as well.Their latest post is MLK Day of Service: How do we inspire service in our students? InterroBang?!



  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Registration now open for the Microsoft bliink Web Design Competition

    • 0 Comments

    I told you it was coming. Yes, Bliink the web design competition is now open across the US. With registration now open for the Microsoft bliink Web Design Competition you can now:

    1. Register for online training and virtual labs
    2. Download classroom-tested learning resources
    3. Order free Expression Studio software for your school

    Students will:

    • Dream big about how technology can make the world a better place
    • Learn more about the power of technology to solve real-world problems
    • Receive Microsoft Expression® Studio professional software at no cost
    • Create a website to communicate their learning and creativity
    • Be excited about the opportunity for local and national recognition
    • Work hard to earn prizes that include Xbox 360 and Kinect

    Teachers will:

    • Engage students with big ideas and meaningful problem-solving activities
    • Receive Expression Studio professional Web design software for their school at no cost
    • Appreciate the free teacher-created and class-room tested curriculum resources
    • Value the abundant support and resources with the contest and Expression Studio

    Competition is open to U.S. students ages 13-19 participating in teams of two to four. Students can participate with projects created in or out of class. Contest Registration begins January 5, 2011 and closes Feb 28, 2011.

    Submission Deadline dates in early March vary by state.

    Expression Studio software, learning resources and support are provided free of charge to qualified schools and all registered students.

    Join us in free Live Meetings sessions to learn more about the contest and Expression Studio. Links to sessions on the website http://bit.ly/Bliink

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:00 PM EST Introduction to bliink

    • The Expression Web environment
    • Creating sites from a template

    Thursday, Jan 13,2011 7:00 PM EST More about bliink

    • Creating a new site with layers

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 7:00 PM EST Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

    Thursday, January, 20, 2011 7:00 PM EST Creating Dynamic Web Templates (DWT)

    Meet us at TCEA in Austin, Texas!!

    • BYOD session: Web Design: A Communication Tool for Every Classroom Wed. Feb. 9, 1:30-3:00 PM
    • Workshop: Modern Web Design: A Door to your Students' World Fri. Feb. 11, 8:00-11:00 AM

    For complete details visit http://bit.ly/Bliink Email questions to innovativeteachers@microsoft.com



Page 4 of 8 (22 items) «23456»