I didn’t have much to say last week so I decided not to say much on the blog. I also took a couple of days off the end of the week. Fortunately a lot of other people had a lot to say and I have a good store of links to share with you. I hope you’ll read though all of them as I am sure you’ll find something useful in the rather eclectic mix I have for you today.

108 FREE resources for schools/educators from Microsoft is a phenomenal list of resources assembled by Tony Franklin who is part of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program.

Speaking of Partners in Learning there are fewer than ten days left to apply to the @MicrosoftPiL US Forum. Share & collaborate with other innovative educators. Go to the official US Forum website to learn about a special opportunity for Computer science, graphic design, and technology educators and how you might win an Xbox 360 and Kinect for your school.

I am trying hard to get votes for team Digital Infinity, the one high school team competing with university students in the US Imagine Cup People’s Choice voting. (You can vote for them in the People’s Choice until May 15th. Besides on Facebook you can vote by texting Digital to 45444)  Please vote for them and ask your friends to vote as well. Thanks.

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has opened nominations for the A. Richard Newton Educator Award to recognize educators who engage in new, innovative and successful practices and programs to attract more women and girls into STEM fields. 2012 nominations now open -- Deadline is May 15, 2012.

Announcing the newest star in New York City: Microsoft Research opens a lab in the Big Apple. Pretty exciting to see a second east coast branch of Microsoft Research.

Joe Healy has a nice article about the Nokia CodeWarrior Hackathons - Spring 2012 - Miami and more USA Locations and you’ll really want to take a look if you are interested in cell phone development. But even better, in some ways, is the information about what a hackathon is all about and how to prepare to attend one.

On the CSTA Blog -  Will New Online Courses Change CS Education? An interesting question to consider. Thoughts?

Kodu, one of my favorite programming/learning tools for younger students now supports: Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Polish, and Russian. Wow!

Ken Royal and The Royal Treatment are back! Now a monthly column at rAVe [Publications] May Column now available.