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  • Blog Post: Computer Science Education Blog Roll

    I’m a firm believer that blogs are a great way for teachers to share ideas and builds community. Supporting that sort of community is why I have many blogs listed on the side of this blog’s home page. But that format is limited. It doesn’t give much information beyond a name and a link...
  • Blog Post: University Computer Science Faculty Blogs

    I read a lot of blogs. Perhaps too many. But there are a few blogs I could not do without. I thought I might do a series of recommendations on different types of blogs and suggest some of the best to my readers. I thought I would start with a couple of blogs by computer science faculty members from a...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 29 November 2010

    I hope everyone (US anyway) had a great Thanksgiving last week. For me it was a good time with fun, food and family. We had a great time with my new Kinect sensor with Xbox 360. A great way to work off Thanksgiving dinner. With much of the week off (hooray for a 5 day weekend) I didn’t Tweet a whole...
  • Blog Post: EduBlogger Nominations 2010

    I have this whole mixed emotion thing with the EduBlogger awards. On one hand I think that everyone who blogs in education is a positive force and basically a “winner.” They are contributing to idea sharing, resource sharing, and a whole world wide conversation about making education better for everyone...
  • Blog Post: Blog Changes taking place

    You may have noticed a different look to the blog today. Microsoft has migrated us all (those of us who use http://blogs.msdn.com/ to blog to the latest and greatest version of Community Server. So there are a number of changes. For one thing the new URL for this blog is http://blogs.msdn.com/b/alfredth...
  • Blog Post: Quiet Period for This Blog

    It’s going to be quiet here for a while. Over the next week, Microsoft is moving the thousands of blogs that run on the blogs.msdn.com site over to a completely new web platform. This looks like it is going to be a big improvement on several levels. Trial runs have gone well so I am optimistic about...
  • Blog Post: Assessment And Computer Science

    I was reading the CSTA blog the other day and there is an article called Assessment by Joanna Goode that got me thinking. Good blog posts are like that – they get you thinking. It’s hard to determine how much computer science students know. Oh sure you can give tests and quizzes but they seem even more...
  • Blog Post: Teachers Don’t Talk Enough

    I was invited to be on a panel at Northeastern University (I was a last minute fill-in but happy to attend) talking about Teaching With Technology . Now the difference between teaching technology and teaching with technology is a big one. And important one. I’m big on both but honestly think that teaching...
  • 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: Deploying XNA Games

    Kathleen Weaver , one of the many amazing computer science teachers in Texas these days, has been using XNA Game Studio with her students. Recently she recorded two videos that demonstrate how to deploy XNA games to other devices . Specifically this first video shows how to deploy a game from your PC...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on the Edublogger Awards

    Earlier in the week I received an email telling me that nomination for this year’s Edublogger Awards are now open. Some really great blogs are nominated every year. Last year this blog was nominated which I thought was really great. I didn’t win which was not as great but honestly I can’t say that I...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links October 12 2009

    Well here it is Columbus Day and my home wi-fi is dead – long story. So I drove to the library to use their wi-fi. And they are closed. Closed on a holiday? I guess it make some sense. Fortunately the wi-fi reaches the parking lot and so I sit here working on some stuff that absolutely has to get done...
  • Blog Post: Can we talk? Learning, Conversations and Networking

    Professional development for teachers in a field that changes as fast as computer science education is always going to be an issue. There is never enough time, enough money, enough of the right trainers or any thing else related to professional development. What makes this even larger a problem for compute...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links August 18 2009

    I hope I’m not the only one who sometimes pre-judges a link based on how sent it to them. I know better but still when I first viewed this link to a video about ordering pizza in the future I thought to myself “This is a polemic against Obama, the Democrats and the liberal “nanny state.” because is came...
  • Blog Post: A Couple of Links August 11 2009

    Last week was light on really interesting links. Maybe it was me – who knows. I have a couple of to share though. The first is a plea from a project that is trying to capture really good blog links for K-12 teachers. There are two wiki pages that have been set up and I hope you will contribute to them...
  • Blog Post: Figuring Out What Will Get Attention

    I think a lot of us have trouble knowing what will be interesting to others. I think this is true in the classroom (“ What do you mean kids don’t find learning binary interesting? I LOVED IT !”) and it is clearly true in blogging. I’ve been looking over the blog posts from the last month and the statistics...
  • Blog Post: Teacher Web Sites

    Years ago when few had web pages I started hosting a we page for the classes I taught. It was pretty basic and I had to manually edit HTML and FTP the new page up to my site when I wanted to change things. It was not the sort of thing every teacher could or would do. Honestly I found it hard to keep...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links July 27th 2009

    Computers and vision – what’s up with that? Things we do with our eyes without out a seconds thought are difficult for computers. From Scott Lum  (@ scottlum ) I learned about a page outlining Computer imaging & vision projects from Microsoft Research Fascinating stuff. Paolo Barone (@ pbarone...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Teachers and Web 2.0

    One of the things that surprises a lot of people I talk to is that there are not a lot of computer science teachers using Web 2.0. By that I mean not many are blogging, Twittering, using RSS readers to follow blogs, participating in online discussion forums or much else except for searching the Internet...
  • Blog Post: Blog Reviews – Thinking About Computer Science Education

    Continuing with my plan to review and help promote some of the more useful and interesting blogs I follow I’m going to talk about two blogs that hit a little more of the theory and thought behind computer science education. These two blogs are both from people at universities. They are not aimed at high...
  • Blog Post: Blog Reviews - Organizations

    There are a number of organizations, professional groups, whose blogs I find particularly useful. The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), it’s parent organization ACM and National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) are some of these. CSTA Blog The CSTA blog is updated...
  • Blog Post: Blog Reviews – Begin Game Programming & Teaching CS to Kids

    I follow a lot of blogs that have to do with computer science and education in general. It seemed to me that reviewing some of them might be helpful or at least interesting to others who are looking for blogs to follow. Today I’m going to talk about two of them Begin Game Programming and Ideas for Teaching...
  • Blog Post: Useful Links Twittered June 1 2009

    I’m finding that posting these lists of links has become pretty useful to me. I find myself happy that I have an easy place to search for some of these things. Microsoft announced a new search engine web site called Bing . Channel 9 has a demo of Bing . Interested in getting certified? Get Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links May 18 2009

    One of the things looking back on a list of links that I have Twittered shows me is that I have been getting information from a wide range of people. Some are from industry people especially Microsoft people and some are from educators. Others are from non-profits who work with educators. And some I...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links May 4th 2009

    I haven’t been twittering much for a while. Most of last week I was at sea on the conference which was not conducive to regular Twittering or anything else on the Internet. But since then I have been catching up on blog reading and other things and I have a few interesting and hopefully useful links...
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