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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

April, 2012

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    What Do Magic and Computer Science Have in Common?


    Industrial Light and Magic has got to be one of the coolest company names I have ever heard. It doesn’t hurt that what they do is also pretty darn cool. The Computer Science Teachers Association just announced that

    Alex Suter, Research & Development Engineer for Industrial Light & Magic will be the closing keynote at this year’s Computer Science & Information Technology (CS & IT) Conference. Alex’s presentation, Industrial Software & Magic, will touch on his background in computer science and how he uses CS in his job. Alex is known for his work on movies such as Eragon, Starwars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

    Don’t miss this exciting closing keynote! This year’s conference will be in Irvine, California, on July 9th and 10th.

    For more information about CS & IT 2012, to view a full agenda, and to register, visit:

    I’m looking forward to hearing his talk. I find that people like Alex present information that teachers can share with students to give them insights into how computer science is used to create things that students really care about.

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    The challenge is still wide open for people looking to take their Windows Phone or Xbox 360 game to the next level and win some big prizes.

    Create a Game & Bring Your Ideas to Life

    It’s time for the Dream.Build.Play Challenge! Open to anyone over age 14, the playing field now includes both Windows Phone and Xbox 360. With two exciting ways to compete and more prizes than ever before, anything is possible. Someone’s going to win big — will it be you?

    Registration is open until May 15th – that is after the APCS exam so your students have time and perhaps some incentive to work on a big project. Submissions happen between May 15th and June 12th. Prizes include Windows Phones, publishing contracts, & thousands in cash (USD)!.

    Download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 for Windows Phone today and get started. Also check out DreamSpark and AppHub Sign Up to help you get started.


  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Interesting Links Post 9 April 2012


    I need a favor. A small favor. I need people to click this link and go vote for the Imagine Cup People’s Choice awards. Yes I am trying to get more people to use my link to get to the voting site so I can win a prize. Evil I know. BUT what I’d also like you to do is seriously think about voting for Digital Infinity, one of the teams in the game design category. They are leading in their category as I write this but I really want to see them scoring more than the top team in the other category as well. Why? Well this is a group of very hard working students who are competing against university students and holding their own. if they get the top vote count among all teams they get to go to Australia for the world wide Imagine Cup finals. Now wouldn’t that be great? Seriously. SO go vote now. Oh and you can also Text "Digital" to 45444 or tweet “@mstechstudent I am voting for #Digital in #ICPeoplesChoice. Rules:” in order to vote. People who vote can also win prizes so something for everyone.

    I’ll be here when you get back to see the rest of my links. Thanks.

    I’m writing this post on my Windows 8 machine and am amazed at how fast and stable it is. Also looking at developing apps for it and my friend Edwin Guarin posted this list of  Windows 8 Developer Camps that are coming up. Going to have to make it to one of them myself.

    The Computer Science Teachers association posted some interesting news this week. For one thing the  CSTA 2012 Board of Directors Election is Underway! For another, the latest edition of the  CSTA Voice! with a focus on Professional Development is now available.

    US Students ages 18 and up have an opportunity to get a free Windows Phone. All you have to do is publish two windows phone apps and get a free phone. Something for the college students and some high school students to go for.

    Mark Guzdial @guzdial posted a wrap up of  Weekend newspaper coverage on computing for all, especially kids.

    Speaking of news, the New York Times seems to have discovered computer science education with two recent articles.

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