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  • Blog Post: Studio K – Program to make Kodu Curriculum and Tools more accessible in Classrooms

    The other day the Kodu team announced Studio K . What is Studio K you ask?  In my opinion it’s the biggest curriculum, teaching and overall educational news about Kodu since Kodu was announced. From the announcement on the Kodu blog : Collaborating with Microsoft and the Advanced Micro Devices ...
  • Blog Post: Tutorials, Projects and Problem Solving

    Another recent confluence of posts on similar topics (list below) has caused me to spend some time thinking. And sooner or later I have to think though my fingers and get my thoughts out in a blog post. So here goes. Problem solving is one of those critical things for computer science students. Some...
  • Blog Post: Computational Thinking Leadership Toolkit

    Computational thinking is, in my opinion at least, a lot more than the latest buzz word or fad in education. It is really at the core of what we need for success in the 21st century. So I was pleased to get the following announcement in email yesterday. ISTE and CSTA has published the Computational Thinking...
  • Blog Post: Heuristics–Programs that Learn

    How do we learn? How do we develop strategy in games, in work, in our daily lives? We store information and we use information from the past to decide what will happen in the future. In software we use heuristics to create software that learns. Recently I found a great example of a program that learns...
  • Blog Post: Does Learning Computer Science help anything else?

    When something I think about a good deal turns up in two or more blogs written by other people my feeling is that this is a sign that I should blog about it. Blogging helps me get my thoughts in order. So when Mark Guzdial writes “ Computer Science as a Path to Computer Application Efficacy ” which discusses...
  • Blog Post: Program me a story

    I recently came across a blog post titled “ Are Storytellers The Best Programmers ” and it got me thinking. A lot of beginning programming courses use tools like Alice , Scratch or Kodu which are programming tools but which also allow and even encourage creating stories. (NCWIT has a nice case study...
  • Blog Post: What do you need to know?

    The Microsoft Job Blog recently has a two part interview study guide set of posts. In the second ( Microsoft interview study guide: Part II of II ) there was a long list of Knowledge Questions. It starts with a list of basic computer science concepts. Interestingly enough it seems to map very well with...
  • Blog Post: What Are You Learning This Summer

    No, really! Are you making your summer plans yet and do they include learning time? I have some ideas for you. First off is CS & IT run by CSTA. This is in my opinion the single best day of professional development of the year for computer science teachers. Great sessions. Great networking. Lots...
  • Blog Post: Brute Force or is there an easy way?

    This year being ‘10 has lead to a lot of talk about numbers that look like binary numbers 1/11/10 or 11110 for example. Related to this is talk about palindrome dates. For example with a leading zero 1/11/10 becomes 011110 which is the same backwards and forwards. Of course a purist might point out that...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links January 4th 2010

    Happy New Year everyone. Are you back to school or work yet? I took two weeks off and really enjoyed myself. I didn’t spend much time on the Internet as usual so I’m behind on Twitter and blogs and pretty much everything. I had written some posts to appear while I was on vacation so you may have seen...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links November 16 2009

    Early in the week last week the @ tcea Twitter account tweeted (Twittered?) "They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel." Anonymous That has sort of been my thought for the week. How do we make our students feel? Our peers feel? Other people we interact...
  • Blog Post: Wait while I look that up on the Internet

    Recently I have been doing some mock interviews with high school students. I have some business cards with a coded message on the backs with a challenge for students to solve the code. For a number of the mock interviews I handed the student one of these cards and asked them “what’s the first thing you...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links November 9 2009

    Welcome to this week’s collection of interesting links. Some of these I found on Twitter, some on various blogs, and some came by email from various people. I hope you find something useful here. The Innovative Teacher Network is now the new Partners in Learning Network , free public/private communities...
  • Blog Post: When the power goes off in the computer lab

    Charley Williams, from Villa Park, IL, sent me the following guest post today. It’s a real thinker or as Charley put it a “discussion-starter.” It puts me to mind of the CS Unplugged curriculum and some of the things taught in the CS4HS workshops created by Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science...
  • Blog Post: Jeannette Wing on Computational Thinking

    The kick off speaker for the SIGCT Forum at NECC this year was Jeannette Wing from Carnegie Mellon and the National Science Foundation. Her paper Computational Thinking , CACM vol. 49, no. 3, March 2006 is a must read for, well, just about anyone in education or in the computing field in my opinion....
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