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  • Blog Post: Online Coding Exercises For Programming Education

    Well it is that time of year again – back to school. On the SIGCSE mailing list are a couple of reminders about online exercise tools for a variety of programming langauges.. A few old timers and at least one big new name. I thought it would be worthwhile to list a few of what I know about. The...
  • 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: Student Implemented SharePoint Solutions

    I hear a lot of questions about SharePoint. Things like what can I do with it? How hard is it to use? That question usually is code for “do I need to hire a high priced professional to use it?” And occasionally can I fit it into the curriculum? Well there is a great webcast coming up that answers all...
  • Blog Post: Round 1 Finalists for 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum

    The big news for me yesterday was at Finalists Announced for Round 1 of the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum . I attended this event as a judge last year and learned an incredible amount from these amazing teachers. This first round announced 44 teachers representing 32 projects from across...
  • Blog Post: Better Learning Through Movement

    And fun as well. Recently a co-worker sent me a link to some videos that were done by the Houston Independent School District about the pilot program they are running in several elementary schools. These schools are using video games involving the Kinect Sensor to help teach. And not just physical education...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 27 February 2012

    The highlight of this past week for me was taking part in the CSTA CS & IT conference program committee meeting. The agenda should be available soon once some final details get nailed down and I’ll blog about that when it happens. Suffice it to say it looks to me like this well be an outstanding...
  • Blog Post: Textbooks–The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

    I was reading through a couple of blog posts by Garth Flint earlier today. I’ve been using some of my vacation time to catch up on blog reading and had put off reading some of Garth’s posts until I had time to do it right. Garth is one of those people who uses his blog for self examination and the working...
  • Blog Post: Pick The Software First

    Last week an email passed though my inbox that said something like “ my district is buying the latest shiny new computing gadget. What software should I get to teach computer science on it?” OK now I am a software guy and biased towards software but this question seems all wrong to me. I’ve...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 12 December 2011

    Last week I posted a list of some of the great computer science related blogs I read on a regular basis ( Computer Science Education Blog Roll ) Week after week these people share ideas and thoughts and tools that really make a difference in the world. This week, as usually, I list some of the best posts...
  • Blog Post: Bentley’s CIS Sandbox

    Last week I accepted an invitation from Professor Mark Frydenberg of Bentley University to attend the open house for their new CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox . I’d been invited before but once I posted about perfect computer labs last week it seemed like this was an invitation I should really...
  • Blog Post: The Perfect Educational Computer Lab

    I had the following question via Twitter the other day “ Hey Alfred. We got permission to overhaul our computer lab, Have you seen any innovative strategies or configurations?” Now this is a question that comes up pretty regularly among computer science teachers. Or teachers who teach computer...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-ing at the NJSBA Annual Workshop

    Normally the conferences I attend are about educational technology or computer science education. Events like ISTE, MASSCue, TCEA, SIGCSE or CSTA’s CS & IT. But the last two days I have been at the New Jersey School Board Association annual workshop. We’re hear talking about Kinect in Education ...
  • Blog Post: ScriptTD: Tower Defense Game Creation Made Easy

    Coding a game from scratch is hard. Make no mistake about there is a lot to it. OF course many people, especially students, think they are all ready to create the next great game. They can easily be frustrated when they find out that they don’t know near enough about programming (among other things)...
  • Blog Post: Education Leadership Day 2011

    Leadership Day is a project started by Scott McLeod and is now in its fourth year. The idea is for people to “ blog about whatever you like related to effective school technology leadership: successes, challenges, reflections, needs, wants, resources, ideas, etc .” This is something I have...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations Louis Zulli Jr. and Doug Bergman

    There were nine winners in the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum , four second place winners and five first place winners (one of these was the teacher’s choice winner). For the second year in a row one of the top US winners was a computer science teacher. This year is was Louis...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Telescope Tour Contest

    Have you explored outer space using the WorldWide Telescope ? Do you have a favorite tour of space that you share with friends. Now you can share your tours of the universe with 8 million+ people. From now until September 1, 2011, participants in the WorldWide Telescope Tour Contest working alone or...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 5 July 2011

    Wow! What a week it has been. I came home from ISTE in time for the Fourth of July holiday. I’m still mulling over all I heard and learned at ISTE. If things ever quiet down I’ll try to write some of them up. As it was I spent a lot of the long weekend doing work around the house. Yes, we computer geeks...
  • Blog Post: More Than Just The Box

    Today has been a busy day at ISTE 2011 for me. I did some time at the booth and then went to a couple of sessions. Pat Yongpradit talked about what he is doing with XNA in his school. He’s seeing some great involvement from and retention of young women in his schools because of an after school computer...
  • Blog Post: Do We Really Want Digital Textbooks?

    I’m in Philadelphia for the annual ISTE Conference . Yesterday was the EduBloggerCon – a very cool education unconference that is always a good chance for me to learn something. One of the sessions I attended was about Digital textbooks and it involved a very interesting discussion. You see some people...
  • Blog Post: US Kodu Cup Winners Announced (2011)

    Yesterday the Unlimited Potential team announced the winners of the inaugural US Kodu Cup competition . Today we are announcing the winners of the first U.S. Kodu Cup. It’s a competition that challenged kids across the United States (from the age of 9 to 17) to use Kodu –...
  • Blog Post: The Internet is the Answer for School Reform–Or Not

    A friend of mine sent me links (via Slashdot which I occasionally read for the articles myself) that he thought were an interesting contrast. The Internet Generation Prefers the Real World - Which explains that today’s students are not the Digital natives that many seem to think they are. Bill Gates...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 21 February 2011

    I spent several days in New York City as part of the program committee for CSTA’s Computer Science and Information Technology conference . This year all of the presentations were selected from proposals submitted for review. We’ll also have a day of workshops which were also reviewed. A third day will...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Innovative Educator Teacher Professional Development

    The Microsoft Innovative Educator program at Microsoft is offering a number of two-day seminars for teacher trainers and technology integration specialists . These seminars are designed for teacher trainers and those who have responsibilities training educators on the integration of technology in the...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 7 February 2011–TCEA Notes

    I spent the weekend in Miami for a meeting of a joint ACM and IEEE committee working on a new/updated set of curriculum recommendations for four-year college computer science programs. It was a great meeting with a lot of learning on my part. A very exciting project. Today I head over to Austin TX for...
  • Blog Post: Prototypes from Microsoft Education Labs

    Microsoft Education Labs is a sort of technology playground for the Microsoft Education Products group. They have a blog and other pages to share ideas and have discussions about ideas for technology in education for example. They also have some, well let’s call them experimental prototypes. Good software...
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