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  • Blog Post: What is Digital Literacy? And is it enough?

    Someone on twitter sent out a link to an article/video from the BBC called Are children becoming 'digitally illiterate' ? that got me thinking. What does it mean to be digitally literate? Are our children digitally literate or not? In fact, if they are not now, were they ever? It depends on what you...
  • 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: Web 2.0 and Other Educational Resources from Microsoft

    OK, this may not be the definitive index to Microsoft resources for teachers but it’s close. Something for everyone from elementary school English teachers to high school science teachers (check out the world wide telescope) to high school computer science teachers. Lots to choose from. Web 2.0 and Other...
  • Blog Post: Opinions on Supportive Curriculum Resources

    I’m looking for some feedback. I’ve been working on the idea of creating and sharing some computer science related curriculum units. Some might be fairly comprehensive and some, well, let’s call them supplemental resources. The idea is to provide some helpful units that a teacher could incorporate into...
  • Blog Post: Hardware Matters

    A big focus of my time these days is on introduction to computer science courses. What might be called CS0 at the university level. basic courses to provide a foundation for later learning. Perhaps these courses will create or drive interest in additional courses. One of the topics that comes up in these...
  • Blog Post: Data Privacy Day 2009

    January 28th, 2009 is the second annual Data Privacy Day. Intel has a great information page about this day and includes this explanation: Designed to raise awareness and generate discussion about data privacy practices and rights, Data Privacy Day activities in the United States have included privacy...
  • Blog Post: Thanksgiving Reading

    Why post anything on Thanksgiving? I mean people are all spending time with family or sleeping through football games on TV and generally staying away from the Internet for a couple of days. Well maybe not. I get bored and I don’t watch TV and my wife loves me enough to let me stay home while she enjoys...
  • 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: Teacher Favorite Templates: Ms. Stivers for 6th and 7th grade

    OK these teacher templates recommendations from LeeAnn Stivers who teaches at the International School in Bellevue, Washington look awesome to me. Grade book, curriculum planners, a seating chart tool using PowerPoint and more. They were all done for and with Office 2003 so if you haven’t upgraded you...
  • Blog Post: Turning Consumers into Creators

    One of the talks in the Microsoft booth at NECC that I attended was Jacqueline Russell explaining Popfly. One of the things that hit me was when she said the goal behind what her group was doing was to turn “consumers into creators.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot since then. I have come to the...
  • 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: Short Office Tutorials

    Community Clips is a new (well new to me) site supported by Microsoft Office Labs that lets users create, upload, and view videos of how to do things using Microsoft Office. There is even a tool one can download and install to make creating screen capture videos easily. There are all sorts of videos...
  • 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: Computer Literacy 3.0

    Computer literacy is a topic that seems to be growing in controversy as quickly as it it is growing in importance. Recently Larry Press , California State University, Dominguez Hills, sent me an announcement of the Computer Literacy 3.0 blog he has created and is adding information to about this very...
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