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For the most part I want to focus on the future and not the past. But I did want to take one look back at traffic to this blog over the course of 2010. I have rough metrics for both web traffic and RSS/subscriber traffic. I hope you will subscribe if you read blogs via RSS BTW. To subscribe to this blog please use http://feeds.feedburner.com/ComputerScienceTeacher as the RSS feed source. Subscribe now so you don’t miss any of the wheat among the chaff.
Controversy ruled and point of view posts with opinions topped the list of most read blog posts of 2010 based on Web-based traffic. Although my reviews of visual programming languages and discussion of Kodu (graphical programming for very young students) were also big hits. Confirming that both lists and free items are traffic draws my recent list of free ebook from Microsoft also made the list. Most of the top posts were from the last couple of months but one of them, a discussion of computer engineer Barbie was from last January.
The list of most read via RSS reader was almost completely different though. Here information and more pedagogical discussions ruled with a weekly interesting links post (Interesting Links 29 March 2010) toping the list. That was a surprise!
I’m not sure what it means that the two lists are so very different. I know that the most web read post are largely because external sites with huge readerships linked to them. So I probably see a lot of one time traffic from people who are not in education. So while that is nice and it is exciting to have a post read by thousands of people from time to time my goal is to be helpful to computer science educators. That is not a goal that can be measured by readership numbers. Comments, either on a post or via email (email@example.com) or Twitter (@AlfredTwo) are always welcome to help me gauge that sort of success.
I have a good bunch of links this week. Actually a wide variety of them. I hope you find some of use to you.
Microsoft’s January’s Tech Student of the Month – Den Delimarsky Great story of a student from Moldova who learned Visual Basic at age 7 and is not studying in the US.
The Coding4Fun Windows Phone Toolkit is out now and people are already finding it really useful in their projects. Check it out at http://coding4fun.codeplex.com/ Clint Rutkas, Windows Phone 7 competition captain in the Imagine Cup and the driving force behind the Windows Phone Toolkit talks about making awesome Windows Phone apps on the Imagine Cup blog.
A reminder that the Imagine Cup isn't ALL about programming and related development tools. High school students can create digital media entries as well! I know YOU know some creative kids
My Twitter friends at @Microsoft_EDU: send out a link to an interesting look at elementary students trying to identify technology from past 30 years: http://bit.ly/ff5lD8#REDU It’s in French with English subtitles. Very funny to see what these kids think of things like 8 track tapes. They also sent out a link to this Ted talk - Can gaming re-engage boys in the classroom? [Video POV from Ali Carr-Chellman]
Old guys with Morse code vs. kids with text messaging. Interesting video of two experienced Morse code senders racing some young texter on sending a message.
Dot Diva Launches New Web Site to Attract Girls to Computing
Ed & Ashley's 5 Minute Show with Gloria Townsend talking about Regional Grace Hopper Conference events! http://bit.ly/hsD4w4
VIDEO - a tip from @windowslive - Photo Gallery: Using face recognition
Slide show & story: Microsoft Employees Make 2010 Biggest Giving Year in History; $96 million http://bit.ly/fPwdUH
Registration now open for the Microsoft bliink Web Design Competition - for high schools students in the US
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:
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
Thursday, Jan 13,2011 7:00 PM EST More about bliink
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!!
For complete details visit http://bit.ly/Bliink Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org