I spent part of last week Getting Ready For Windows 8. Sad to admit but it took me until last week to install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview over the developer preview I had been running. But I did. And I also installed Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8 and I’m working on my first Windows 8 Metro apps. I’ve been taking the short cut of reading some of Dr. Z’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How To Series articles. Reading the directions are the shortcut. BTW I told that to a group of high school women in a workshop at Digigirlz last week (more on that tomorrow) and one of them shook her head and asked “Wait! Did a man just say that?” There I go busting stereotypes. And through the week I collected some links to share with you. Hope you find something useful here.
Microsoft in Cambridge MA has a limited number of high school internship program. The deadline for applications is about a week away and it is competitive so if you know a student who is interested let them know NOW.
In Imagine Cup news, the world-wide Game Design Round 2 results are live! Congratulations to all teams that advanced to Round 3. At lest one high school team has made it into round 3 and from what I hear that is a great accomplishment. The game design entries are getting better and better every year. BTW the voting for the US Imagine Cup people's choice now open. You can vote once a day and there are prizes for voters.
Mark Drapeau writes about how the TEALS program is creating high school adjunct computer science teachers. This program that started in the Seattle WA area is now expanding to the greater Washington DC area. I can see this as a model that can work all over the country.
The New York Times notes that there is A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet. Some of the comments are not as positive as one would like. Mark Guzdial gives his take on that at Getting the level right in learning to be computationally literate. Mark also blogged about the Secret Sauce of Successful Summer Camps with a lot of the lessons that they have learned from running some very successful summer computer camps in Georgia. Yet another good post by Mark Guzdial is Manufacturing jobs are programming jobs: We need CS in high school.
Ken Royal wrote an interesting blog post that he later decided should have been titled Saving the Document Camera/Visualizer Industry. I can see this being a potential great Imagine Cup project by the way.
The CSTA blog asks computer science teachers - Why Aren't You Going to CS&IT? Really this is an event to attend if you can make it.
Someone recommended this site with Tutorials for Kodu, Alice and Scratch and it looks like it has some good potential. Love to hear what others think of them.
Lindsay Lindstrom (@LindsayInPhilly) blogged: HackReady.Phone Webcast Series is coming soon!: Join us for HackReady, the new online learning series designed for developers to bring you the vital bits you need, without the fluff you won’t miss.
Interesting slant on the "Best Programming Language" by Rob Miles (@robmiles). Worth a read.