I had an interesting week last week. Took a couple of vacation days – one to go snowboarding with my son who is an elementary school assistant principal who had school vacation and an other to install kitchen cabinets (which I got a blog post out of Problem Solving For All Times) At the end of  the week I travelled to Arlington VA (just outside of DC) for meetings at the NSF (National Science Foundation) to take part in some discussions about first high school computer science courses. Wow! Did I learn a lot from the smart people who were there. I still managed to find, and usually Tweet about, some interesting links. And here are my top picks

lu_web1-214x300On Wednesday, May 11th Microsoft New England will be hosting a special event with Xconomy focused on the Future of the Web and Search. Join us for an evening with Microsoft Online Services Division President Qi Lu as he sits down with Xconomy’s Boston Editor Greg Huang to field questions from you—the users and shapers of the future of the Web. Dr. Lu will provide his perspective on where the web is heading, how Microsoft is helping to shape it, and how search will be transformed. As president of Microsoft's Online Services Division (OSD), Dr. Qi Lu leads Microsoft’s online advertising efforts, across search (Bing), portal (MSN), mobile, and the broader advertising platforms and services. Please register here: http://bit.ly/XCf38ms. This is a FREE event and is open to the public

Andrew Parsons (@MrAndyPuppy) twittered a cool list of Imagine Cup Game Design entry videos Take a look to see what a competitive game looks like this year.

Microsoft's April Tech Student(s) of the Month: Jake and Sam highlights a pair of students who are creating Windows Phone games and apps and making money at it. Seem like great people as well.

Good read Mark Frydenberg of Bentley University (@checkmark) talks about Twitter in the classroom in the current BizEd  Some good ideas for any classroom.

Why We Must Teach Girls to Program–A Women Developer Speaks –A great guest post on Lynn Langit’s blog (@llangit)

Cheryl Arnett  (@c_arnett) who has attended previous Innovative Teacher Forums and will be attending again this year has a great article on the  Huffington Post: Celebrating Teachers -- The Microsoft Innovative Education Forum  If you would like to attend, the deadline (May 15 2011) is fast approaching for teachers to apply to Microsoft Partners in Learning US Innovative Education Forum.

Edwin Guarin and I had related posts last week – his at Dreamspark and App Hub Registration process REVEALED! and mine at  DreamSpark, AppHub and Windows Phone Development. Interested in developing for Windows Phone? Visit here for everything you need to know.

Meet Microsoft’s Next Generation of Innovators!.

From creating an online platform through Azure that helps ease the devastation caused by floods in Australia, to using Windows Live to create a band, to helping develop the next generation of teachers in the Middle East, to charting the future of advertising across multiple screens, people are doing amazing things with Microsoft technology.

Microsoft Next is an internal competition created to showcase how Microsoft people and technology are helping individuals and communities around the world and to offer the creators a chance to showcase their projects on a global scale.

View their winning videos