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  • Blog Post: There Is More To Computing Than Computer Science

    Last week Doug Peterson pointed me to an article called “ Let’s not call it computer science if we really mean computer programming .” My initial reaction was “ Let’s not call it computer programming if we really mean software engineering .”  Really the author was talking more about the difference...
  • Blog Post: More Access to the ACM Digital Library

    One of the great resources available on the Internet is the ACM Digital Library . One of the problems for many is that access to this library is not free. I am a long time member of the ACM especially of SIGCSE – the Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education – and that membership gets me access...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Curricula In Flux

    I don’t know when I have ever seen as much going on with computer science curriculum going on at one time. In the K12 space there is an NSF initiative looking at a new pre-APCS course while the College Board, also with NSF support,  is hard at work developing the AP CS Principles course . CSTA is...
  • Blog Post: Running On Empty

    The ACM and CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) released a report this week called “ Running On Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age .” The report was announced at an event for Computing in the Core , whose founding members include Microsoft , Google and other...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 24 May 2010

    I pretty much took last week off from blogging. I sort of needed a break and since they were migrating this and many other blogs to a new updated blogging engine it seemed like a good time to step back from it for a while. I did still read blogs, follow Twitter and read a lot of email. So I do have some...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 29 March 2010

    In yet another example of how poorly I do at predicting what is going to be interesting and/or controversial almost no one read and absolutely no one commented on my post about companies getting involved in curriculum writing last week ( Curriculum, Companies, Cooperation and Conflict ). My asking of...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 22 March 2010

    What a week. Very busy with several speaking engagements including a set of hands on labs with high school students at the University of New Hampshire Tech Day event. We built a simple game of Pong . Friday was a tech career talk to several groups of students at Middlesex Community College. A lot of...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 8 February 2010

    Well did you watch the Super Bowl? I confess that I did not. I’m just not that into football. Still I had a good weekend and as usual I have spent some time looking though my Twitter feed of the last week for interesting things to share. I hope some of you are finding this useful or interesting. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Are you going to SIGCSE 2010?

    I see over on the SIGCSE 2010 blog that early registration for SIGCSE is now open. In my opinion SIGCSE is the most important computer science education event of the year. Now I know that a lot of people see it as primarily a higher education event and for sure most attendees are in higher education...
  • Blog Post: A Week For Computer Science Education

    Have you seen the announcement about Computer Science Education week yet? Congress has passed a resolution designating the week of December 7 as Computer Science Education Week. This week was selected because it covers the time of Grace Hopper’s birth anniversary. I think that is a wonderfully fitting...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links Twittered July 20 2009

      Things are a little conversation focused lately on Twitter. It seems like a lot of the people I follow are teachers on summer break. So while there is a good bit of educational conversation going on there is also a lot of just people chatting. I think that is good though. I feel like I am getting...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links June 22 2009

    It’s the end of the year for a lot of us. Not the calendar year of course but the school year or the fiscal year. I’ve been working on my input for my year end review a lot this week. And doing some preparation for NECC (I’ll be there from Friday of this week on – hope to see some of you there.) and...
  • Blog Post: How To Do A Conference ID Badge Correctly

    So I am attending the FDG 2009 conference this week. I signed in and got my conference materials tonight at the hotel. As with most conferences there is a lanyard with your conference ID badge on it. First good sign is that ones name is on both sides. These badges always get turned around and people...
  • Blog Post: ACM Urges Obama to Include CS as Core Part of STEM Education

    The ACM, the professional society for the computer professionals, issued a paper and a press release urging President-Elect Obama to include computer science as a core part of STEM education in the US. I was going to quote some of the key recommendations but in typical computer professional style there...
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