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  • Blog Post: Shouldn’t Computer Labs Be Cool Places?

    Back in the day when I went to a college with A computer room with A computer it was cool enough that there was a computer there and that it was available to students. Today that’s not the case – having a computer (or bunch of them) does not automatically make for a cool place.  For many students...
  • Blog Post: Does Your Computer Lab Scare Away the Girls?

    The Internet is as the same time one of the great distractions and great spontaneously learning environments in history. As I looked at my twitter stream I saw a link to the live stream from TEDxSeattle and decided to take a look. The session I stumbled on was by Sapna Cheryan who studies stereotypes...
  • Blog Post: Intel Schools of Distinction 2010

    An announcement arrived in my inbox about applications being open for this year’s Intel Schools of Distinction awards . Microsoft is one of the sponsors BTW. This is a good opportunity to get cash and products for your school to support innovative work that you are doing. Also if you complete you submission...
  • Blog Post: Sequencing

    Imagine you had a pickup truck that you used for work. One day the person in charge of company vehicles says to you “we’re going to replace your pickup truck with a Prius. We’ll be saving money on gas. Isn’t that great?” You of course reply with something like “But I need the room in the back of a pickup...
  • Blog Post: More Free Windows 7 Training

    Last night I was in the supermarket and the bag boy noticed my old Windows Longhorn shirt and asked me if I worked for Microsoft. When I replied that I did he told me he was trying out Windows 7 Beta. Quite a world we live in where high school kids are beta testing new operating systems. I wonder how...
  • Blog Post: Stupid Mistakes School Administrators Make With Technology

    Doug Johnson has a great list of Seven stupid mistakes teachers make with technology that inspired me to think about administrators. Really administrators share the blame for some of the mistakes their teachers make and make some of their own. Not all administrators make these mistake. In fact I have...
  • Blog Post: How to Build an Academic XNA Game Development Laboratory

    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has one of the best game development programs in the US if not the world. Recently the team there put together a document that explains some of there key learnings setting up a development lab for teaching with XNA Game Studio Express . This whitepaper includes...
  • Blog Post: Computers and the Environment

    One of the things I frequently bring up in career talks these days is the connection between computing and the environment. One area is computers being used to research the environment. I love to read about the stuff they are doing at UMass Amherst to create computer models to study rivers and streams...
  • Blog Post: Computer Labs As Crutch

    I ran into a thought provoking blog post the other day. Mike Sansone is a blog coach – a consultant who makes a living helping people blog better – wrote a post called “ Are Computer Labs a Crutch? ” In it he says that “ the computer lab shouldn't be the first (or only) stop in teaching computer and...
  • Blog Post: Where On the Ribbon Is That Office Feature?

    I’ve talked to a number of teachers recently who teach the Office Suite as part of a computer applications courses lately. A good number of them are preparing to update their courses to Office 2007 for next school year. That means some preparation time over the summer. The biggest change that Office...
  • Blog Post: Could not find any resources appropriate for the specified culture or the neutral culture

    There is a problem, a technical problem, that I hear about from teachers from time to time. I've passed along a couple of solutions to it by email but it occurred to me that posting the issue and the possible solutions here might make it easier for people to find it. I'd also like to hear from others...
  • Blog Post: Office Offline

    I just came across a new web comic site/blog called Office Offline . Very simple and very funny. It's geek humor of course. And mostly around Microsoft Office products which is not so surprising since the cartoonist works in Microsoft's Office Online group as a writer. I can picture some of the ones...
  • Blog Post: Tablet PCs in Action in the Classroom

    OK this is too cool not to share. On Monday I blogged about the Thomas Jefferson school that uses Tablet PCs in the classroom. Yesterday I found out that the school was on local TV with coverage on how the Tablets are being used. They have the video up at the school web site . It's a great video done...
  • Blog Post: Department of Learning Prevention

    Earlier I reported on a teacher who was seeing some interesting and positive results by letting students use tools (computer software tools) that are often blocked or banned in schools. Today we learn the other side of this coin. Ben Chun reports in his blog how his attempt to demonstrate how DNS...
  • Blog Post: A Tablet PC School That Works

    While I am not a fan of just dropping computers into a school and expecting miracles I do believe that with the right training, preparation and supportive teachers and administration things can work out well. Recently I heard from Robert Carlson at the Thomas Jefferson School, an independent day school...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education News

    Club Tech - I've written about the Club Tech program before. It's a technology program run by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America with sponsorship help from Microsoft and other partners. Recently the Clubs held the National Digital Arts Festival , an annual competition among Boys & Girls Club members...
  • Blog Post: Windows SteadyState replaces Shared Computer Toolkit

    How does Blake Handler always see these announcements before I do? The man is amazing. Good thing I read his blog or the presentation I am giving next week at the CS & IT Symposium would have stale data. OK what am I rambling about now? Windows SteadyState is the 2.0 version of what used to be...
  • Blog Post: Parent's Guide to Windows Vista

    Most new PCs these days are coming with Windows Vista on them. If you are a parent, especially if your children are younger, this can be quite a boon to you as there are many new security features in Vista that can be helpful to parents. Blake Handler has done a very nice job of setting out step by step...
  • Blog Post: Learning Network Manager

    I found this via a link from Dominic's blog . It looks like jsut the thing to help make life easier for people who manage school computer labs. It's called the Learning Network Manager and it is an open source project. The description from the web site is as follows: Project Description What Is...
  • Blog Post: Launch Day Opportunity to Win a Computer Lab for Your School

    I just found out about a special promotion designed to get people into the stores the day that Windows Vista officially becomes available for sale (January 30th 2007). The program is described here . But a brief description cribbed from the site is below. Enter your school for a chance to win a...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows Vista (and Office 2007 and Windows XP and Office 2003)

    I attended a big launch event for Windows Vista and Office 2007 in Boston today. Over 2,500 people, mostly from business, showed up to get a good look at these new products. We did have a group of students and teachers from Minuteman Tech and I think they got a lot out of the event. They seemed to have...
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