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  • 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: Curriculum is Hard

    I’ve been involved in a number of curriculum projects over the years. The big one has been the ACM/IEEE CS 2013 task force that is making recommendations on undergraduate computer science curriculum. (The CS2013 Strawman draft is now available here . ) I am so glad there are so many really smart and...
  • Blog Post: New Curriculum Resources for App Development on Windows 8

    Most of what I post about is specifically for K-12 computer science education but I recently received the following about some curriculum designed for university level students. Still my experience tells me two things. One is that I do have a good number of university lever readers. And two there are...
  • Blog Post: Thinking About Next School Year

    As the rolling schedule of school year openings and closings continues it looks like school is just about done everywhere in the US this week. Today is the last day with students at the school my wife teaches at. It seems like most of the local schools finished this week already. Of course in parts of...
  • 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: Latest Curriculum Resources at the Faculty Connection

    The latest Microsoft Faculty Connection Newsletter came yesterday. I thought it might be useful to highlight some of the news from this issue here. The Faculty Connection Newsletter highlights new curriculum resources and other useful educational content for use in the classroom. If this newsletter...
  • Blog Post: What should the High School CS curriculum look like?

    I get asked questions like this a lot “ can you share how you would construct a 3 year programming sequence, preceded by IC-3 type course, and culminating in AP JAVA. What would be your first two CS courses?” You’d think I’d have a great answer on the tip of my tongue by now. But I don’t. There are lots...
  • Blog Post: Game Design with XNA, Kinect and Windows Phone

    Please take a look at the new Game Design with XNA and Microsoft Technologies: Advanced XNA, Kinect, and Windows Phone curriculum units that have just been completed and are ready for classroom (or other) use. The teacher-created and classroom-tested lessons and projects are easy to engage and include...
  • Blog Post: ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 - Strawman draft

    Over the weekend, the ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 committee (of which I am a member) released the first public from this effort. (The announcement follows my comments). The Strawman draft is not a complete document as some additions, most importantly exemplar curriculums, are yet to be...
  • Blog Post: Game Development with XNA Curriculum–Semester Course

    Revitalize your Computer Science program with Game Development with XNA: Semester 1 . This exciting and engaging computer science semester course enables students to apply a basic foundation in programming to create games and simulations for social causes using C# and Microsoft XNA Game Studio. Teaching...
  • Blog Post: Would You Like to Pilot a New Game Development Course?

    Would you like to pilot a new game development course (or two)  in your school? With free curriculum and software? Microsoft is starting a new  XNA online community group and curriculum pilot program that features: Free software Free teacher-created curriculum Two one semester courses Here...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Curricula In Flux

    I don’t know when I have ever seen as much going on with computer science curriculum going on at one time. In the K12 space there is an NSF initiative looking at a new pre-APCS course while the College Board, also with NSF support,  is hard at work developing the AP CS Principles course . CSTA is...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Curriculum

    Small Basic is, in my opinion, one of the really cool platforms for introducing programming to younger students. A simple IDE, a simple subset of BASIC, and built in turtle graphics all resonate with me. And a number of teachers around the world seem to agree. One thing we have been lacking though was...
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