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  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 27 August 2012

    Back to school hit home today as my wife went back to school for the first day of teachers. Kids come back the day after Labor Day so it is professional development and getting ready this week. We try and get all the summer we can up here in New England. I know that a lot of places have been back for...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 20 August 2012

    Back from vacation and trying to catch up with things. I had over 450 unread email messages in spite of doing some triage over the vacation so if I haven’t gotten back to you yet I will soon. I did collect a few links to share for you during the course of the week though. See how hacking the Kinect has...
  • Blog Post: Computational Fairy Tales the Book

    Just about a year ago I wrote a post about a Computational Fairy Tale blog ( Computational Tales ) Briefly Dr. Jeremy Kubica, software engineer and manager at Google, has been putting together a set of examples of CS concepts written as fairy tales . Well today I received an email telling me that the...
  • Blog Post: What does it mean?

    Last week I had the chance to hear Douglas Rushkoff talk at the annual CSTA CS&IT Symposium. All of the conference attendees were also given a copy of his book  Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age – I got mine autographed too! This week while on vacation I had a chance to...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic 1.0 is here!

    Have you been working with Small Basic? If so you probably know that it has officially been pre-release software. Well not it is released software and you can now download Small Basic 1.0 .. With the addition of Icelandic (Yes Icelandic) it is now available in 20 different languages. Not only that but...
  • Blog Post: Do We Really Want Digital Textbooks?

    I’m in Philadelphia for the annual ISTE Conference . Yesterday was the EduBloggerCon – a very cool education unconference that is always a good chance for me to learn something. One of the sessions I attended was about Digital textbooks and it involved a very interesting discussion. You see some people...
  • Blog Post: Books for Computer Science Students

    Ever since I was told about a list of Movies for Computer Science Students and wrote some comments about that list I have been thinking book. Fiction books. Novels that tell stories that involve computer science and the sorts of issues of privacy, philosophy, ethics and social change that computers make...
  • Blog Post: Free E Books from Microsoft

    I “borrowed” this list from the Microsoft UK Higher Education blog ( Free Microsoft ebooks ) Most of these I have linked to in the past but it is nice to have a good list of them in one place. Most are fairly technical but some ( Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources...
  • 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: Windows Phone 7 Series Programming

    Programming phones seems to be the hot new thing these days. Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of free programming tools for the new Windows Phone 7 Series of devices. Start with Visual Studio 2010 Express for Phone beta. Windows Phone Developer Tools includes: Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Interesting links Twittered May 25 2009

    Well a little late in the day but here is my latest collection of links Twittered that I hope you will find interesting and/or useful . As always I welcome followers on Twitter @ alfredtwo . From my friend jean-Luc David (@ jldavid ) This article on Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer being optimistic about...
  • Blog Post: April 2009 Free eBooks from Microsoft Press

    Microsoft Press didn’t offer a free eBook last month but there are two available now – for a limited time only. School tech departments may and small business tech support people will very likely be interested in the first one. The second may be of interest to schools, teachers and anyone looking to...
  • Blog Post: Programming Languages Side By Side

    I’ve been thinking about a parallel programming language textbook for a while now. Not for parallel programming but I’m not sure how to phrase it. What? OK let me explain. One of the popular Bible study tools is a parallel Bible where several translations are printed side by side with each other. That...
  • Blog Post: Ada Lovelace Day – Women in Technology

    This is my Ada Lovelace Day post as promised in January . Today well over a thousand bloggers are posting posts about women in technology who they admire. The goal is the present role models to young women and girls as well as to highlight and honor the fact that technology is not just a man’s thing...
  • Blog Post: New Resources for the the Faculty Resource Center

    The the Faculty Resource Center which is easily reached from the Faculty Connection site has had some reorganization lately. And some new resources added. One piece is a number of Special Collaboration Areas. A couple that may be of interest to high school computer science teachers are: Robotics...
  • Blog Post: February 2009 Free eBooks from Microsoft Learning

    Over at the Microsoft Learning community blog I found a post with this month's Microsoft Press 25th Anniversary "Free e-Book of the Month" offer . It's available for a limited time only so grab them now! Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition: Build a Program Now! by Patrice Pelland  ...
  • Blog Post: Java To C# Orange Book

    So perhaps you are teaching Java and your students want to learn C# (sea sharp). Or maybe you want to learn or teach C# your self and are coming from a Java background. Well I have found the free resource for you. Rob Miles who wrote the free “ C# Yellow Book ” text book that I have written...
  • Blog Post: Free EBooks From Microsoft Learning

    I was checking the Microsoft Learning blog the other day and saw this announcement of some free eBooks as Microsoft Press continues its 25th Anniversary eBook giveaway. The books below are only available until December 24th so grab them now if they look interesting. I’ve grabbed a copy of Writing Secure...
  • Blog Post: Coding For Fun – The Book

    This just out in time for Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah etc gifts for the programming geeks you know an love - Coding4Fun: 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, YouTube, World of Warcraft, and More . The book’s web site is at http://www.c4fbook.com/ Dan Fernandez who is one of the principal authors...
  • Blog Post: C# Yellow Book

    Looking to learn or teach C#? Rob Miles announced that the C# Yellow Book which “ is used by the Department of Computer Science in the University of Hull as the basis of the First Year programming course” is available as a PDF file. I went and grabbed a copy. I happily recommend all of Rob’s work.
  • Blog Post: Free E-books on Visual Studio 2008 and MS Robotics Studio

    Microsoft Press is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with some free e-books. Two that may be interesting to educators are one on MS Robotics Studio and one on Visual Studio 2008 . These offers expire on October 22nd so act now. And tell others who could use these books about it. The two books are: Programming...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Learning Opportunities

    I received some information about some new offerings from Microsoft learning last week and thought they would be worth sharing with others. If you are looking to upgrade to Visual Studio 2008 now or in the near future these resources may help you jump start your learning. Free Visual Studio 2008 e...
  • Blog Post: XNA Student Projects/Games

    It looks like a lot of my co-workers have been running into students who are having fun creating games with XNA . Hilary Pike writes about a student from her alma mater (The Ohio State University) who is interested in a lot more than football. In fact he has created an interesting looking game with XNA...
  • Blog Post: New XNA Book - Sample Chapters Available

    I love Rob Miles blog . If there is a post from Rob in my RSS reader it is likely to be one of the first things I read. Rob is on the faculty of the University of Hull in England and is a real teacher. By that I mean he seems to really enjoy teaching and sharing what he knows with students. That is my...
  • Blog Post: Irrelevant Programming Languages

    Mark Hendrickson from O'Reilly has an interesting review of the market for computer books in a four part series. The fourth part examines the programming language book market. I have no doubt that it is a valuable discussion for people who are thinking about what sort of programming language book to...
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