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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

January, 2012

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Are You Applying for the 2012 US Forum?

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    Last summer I attended the US Innovative Education Forum in Redmond and came home quite inspired by the teachers and projects I saw. Dozens of teachers using technology to improve the quality and quantity of learning with their students. Microsoft Partners in Learning is now looking for this year’s crop of interesting, inspiring and innovative teachers and projects to attend the 2012 US Forum  in Redmond, this summer. I’ve copied some of the information about this event below but I hope you will check out the 2012 US Forum  page for yourself to learn about this wonderful opportunity for teachers. At the bottom of this post as links to some of my blog posts from this past summer’s event as well as some posts by teachers who attended it. Please read what some of these amazing teachers had to say about their experiences. And if you are doing interesting things with technology give some thought to applying. (BTW computer science teachers have been some of the top award winners recently.)

    Showcase and celebrate innovative teaching

    Show us how you engage students in problem-solving, inspire their creativity, and prepare them for life ahead. You could be selected to attend the forum in Redmond, Washington, July 31 – August 1. Winners there will proceed to the Worldwide 2012 Global Forum in Athens, Greece.

    There is an extra opportunity for computer science, graphic design or technology educators who are selected – an Xbox/Kinect system.

    Computer science, graphic design, and technology educators: You might win an Xbox 360 and Kinect for your school.
    Here’s how:

    • Computer science, graphic design, or technology educators who are selected to participate in the forum are eligible to win an Xbox 360 and Kinect for their school.
    • When you apply online to the Forum, be sure to select which Microsoft web design or software development tools are used in your project.
    • Educators eligible to win the Xbox 360 and Kinect must submit a gifting letter.

    Who can apply?

    • K-12 educators or teams of two educators who lead class projects that use technology to positively impact student learning
    • School leaders who direct programs and initiatives that use technology to enhance education throughout the school community

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  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Interesting Posts 30 January 2012

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    Wow! January if almost over. Groundhog Day coming up this week. I wonder if these is a fun computing project around Groundhog’s Day? Randomly choose if the groundhog see his shadow and we have an early spring? Or is it an early spring if he doesn’t see his shadow? I’ll have to Bing that. Smile  Starting off this week in New Jersey at the high school computer science workshop run by Stevens Institute. I come most years as there are just a wonderful bunch of high school computer science teachers from all over New Jersey and some from across the river in New York as well. More on that tomorrow perhaps. Have to remember to take pictures.

    This week Microsoft announced that  teams from Croatia, Ecuador, Jordan and the U.S. won the first ever Imagine Cup Grants These grants will help these teams further develop and deploy some potentially life changing applications. Better physical therapy solutions at lower costs, translating spoken language into sign language, a system that allows people who do not have use of their hands/arms to use a computer and point-of-care tool to diagnose malaria using an augmented Windows Phone application that has to potential to save a great many lives. What will this year’s Imagine Cup teams come up with? What will YOUR students come up with?

    Nice new post by Cameron Evans @EDUCTO titled The America Within Our Reach Innovation and education can make a world of difference.

    FRC Team 1912 driving a robot with code in LabVIEW and sensor information from a Kinect.  Interested in developing with Kinect? Look no further, here is an awesome video beginner’s guide  via @Ch9

    You know I had more but I lost them. Not sure how that happened but I hope to have more and even better links next week.



  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Kinect Sweepstakes For Schools

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    Energize your classroom and get students moving!

    Enter for a chance to win a KinectTM for Xbox 360® prize package for your school!

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