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  • Blog Post: FREE Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers For Students

    College student, high school student, any kind of student – sooner or later you will be entering the scary job market. how will you differentiate yourself from the rest off the recent graduates? One way to boost the attention your resume gets is by getting industry certifications like the ones...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technology Associate Certifications Revisited

    Last July I wrote about the Microsoft Technology Associate program and I thought it was time to revisit that program. I have some additional information to post. Specifically I wanted to let you know about the Microsoft Technology Associate Campus License . The MTA Campus License enables educators to...
  • Blog Post: 10 Most Popular Posts June and July 2010

    It’s early August and while many teachers will not be returning to their classrooms for a couple of weeks many are already back. I’m in Texas as I write this and here teachers already back in many districts with students showing up next week. I know that many of you are really busy taking a break from...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certifications

    This week Microsoft announced a new set of entry level certifications that may be of interest to many schools and colleges/universities. Personally I think that this is just the sort of program that many career/technical high schools have been waiting for. The program is called the Microsoft Technology...
  • Blog Post: Credentials or Knowledge

    The ever interesting Will Richardson got me thinking again today. He talks about how to credentialize learning in a post titled An Open Mind (In Higher Ed at Least) from open course ware such as the MIT OpenCourseWare project. How do we validate the self-learning that does on? And I add anohter question...
  • Blog Post: Where does Computer Science Belong?

    To some extent Computer Science is the red headed step child of K-12 education. It just doesn’t fit nicely in a box. Science often doesn’t want it because it doesn’t always meet their idea of what “science” is about. Math doesn’t always want it because it uses too much hardware and it doesn’t fit in...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 1 March 2010

    Is it March that comes in like a lion and out like a lamb? Well up here in New Hampshire February left like a lion. At one point Thursday some 40% of the state was without power because of crazy high winds and some serious snow fall. I was lucky not to be without power very long but my cable TV is still...
  • Blog Post: New Windows 7 Track on Microsoft’s Certification Game!

    OK so maybe you’re not using Windows 7 at school yet but I’ll bet a lot of your students are running it at home. Do they know it was well as they think they do? Maybe they’d like to find out just what they know. The certification game at www.areyoucertifiable.com has now been updated to include Windows...
  • Blog Post: No Subject Is Boring With The Right Teacher

    In between trips to stores and working on the yard and cooking on the grill and yes even remembering those people who have fought and died for this country I spent a lot of free cycles thinking about teaching this week end . NSF wants to have 10,000 teachers teaching real computer science courses in...
  • Blog Post: 2009 Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) Symposium

    I got this announcement about the CS & IT symposium held in conjunction with NECC again this year and thought I should share it. Yes, I’ll be there and yes, I’ll be presenting. Anita Verno and I will be talking about certifications in computer fields that students can work towards. It should be a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is looking for people who have taught introductory programming

    I found a blog post by the Microsoft Learning team titled Have you taught introductory developer courses-—We want you! I’ve included some of the post below. Visit the post itself for contact information if you are interested. Have you taught introductory developer courses in a high school, college, or...
  • Blog Post: Certification 101: Getting Started with Microsoft Certification – It’s Back!

    The last time one of these sessions was held I found out about it late but there was still a lot of interest. This time I found out early so I am letting you know early. If you have wanted to learn about the Microsoft Certified Professional program this online meeting is for you. Live Meeting: Certification...
  • Blog Post: Are you certifiable? Are your students?

    Microsoft just released a web site at www.areyoucertifiable.com that just may be the way to find out if you are ready for a professional certification. There are two sets of questions/quizzes to try out – IT Professional and Developer. The questions are a mix of serious technical questions that could...
  • Blog Post: IT Challenge 2009 Worldwide Competition for High School and College Students Ages 16 and Over

    Attention all high school students 16 and over . Are you interested in information technology? Microsoft Imagine Cup Announces the IT Challenge 2009 Worldwide Competition for High School and College Students Ages 16 and Over . This worldwide competition is focused on finding solutions to real-world issues...
  • Blog Post: Learning Snacks

    I received the following announcement about Learning Snacks last week. Since I am out today (minor surgery) and looking for posts for this week this was a natural. :-) Plus of course I love the idea of short presentations that have potential for introducing concepts to programming classes, system management...
  • Blog Post: Certification 101: Getting Started with Microsoft Certification

    Have you ever wondered about getting a Microsoft certification? Maybe as a teacher/instructor you are interested in it as a way of adding more validation to your experience as you teach professionals who are re-training or perhaps you are in a vo-tech school and what to help students peruse their own...
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