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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2013 Opens with Larger Prizes

    Last week Microsoft announced the opening of the 2013 Imagine Cup . This year there are thee competition and three challenges for students to enter. The prizes are larger as well with a top prize for each of the three competition being $50,000 (USD) and each of the challenges having a top prize of $10...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 3 September 2012

    Happy Labor Day! Today is commonly thought of as the last day of summer in the US. Few if any schools in the US will start (with students) later than tomorrow.  I hope you all – students and teachers – have a great school year. If you are looking for a few interesting tidbits I have a few links...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Panic

    The other day I was looking through the analytics for this blog to see what sort of searches people were doing that let them here. Mostly I was seeing things I expected to see but one stuck out. Someone had searched for the string “ i am scared of programming .” I suspect that the searcher was not afraid...
  • Blog Post: Computer Controversies For Fun and Discussion

    I love a good discussion. Pros and cons and honest and hopefully friendly discussion of issue with different opinions make for good learning experiences. One of the things I would like to do should I ever get a full-time advanced computer science course is to ask students to study some controversial...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Fundamentals Video Series

    The Trustworthy Computing group has been recording a series on Cloud computing fundamentals. The series (some 25 videos) wraps up this week with a series finale . There are a lot of issues with cloud computing including privacy, transparency, security, and more. These videos capture industry leaders...
  • Blog Post: Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics

    I ran into these Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics created by the Computer Ethics Institute while looking for something completely different. Isn’t that so often the case? I like them. I think they are useful guidelines that are worth thinking about and discussing. Ethics can be complicated though...
  • Blog Post: Useful Download Links for Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development

    Part of my job is to help people find valuable resources. I especially like it when they are free. Free is good. These links are for students, faculty and professional (or non professional) developer.  Please check these links out, visit the websites, find what looks interesting and download the...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 27 August 2012

    Back to school hit home today as my wife went back to school for the first day of teachers. Kids come back the day after Labor Day so it is professional development and getting ready this week. We try and get all the summer we can up here in New England. I know that a lot of places have been back for...
  • Blog Post: NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing 2012

    One of the ways that one can help young women with an interest in computing and related fields is to provide recognition for the world they have already been doing. One of the great programs in this regard is the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing . Along with the NCWIT awards listed below, a number...
  • Blog Post: Quantity Is Not Enough

    There is often a focus on quantity in our society. Let’s get more apps! Lets get more students taking the AP course! Lets get more [you name it]? Unfortunately this focus on quantity sometimes means that quality takes a back seat. I mean really how many fart apps do you need for your smart phone...
  • 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: 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: How To Read Code

    We don’t teach students how to read code. Actually we don’t event teach them that they should read code for the most part. The closest we get is sample code in textbooks, demos, and for AP CS teachers the case study. Even there I think we could do more. One of the great learning experiences of my early...
  • Blog Post: Try Kinect at your K-12 School

      Capturing students' interest and making concepts come alive is an educator's greatest challenge!   Kinect™ for Xbox 360® can help get students engaged and inspired with immersive experiences.     è Try Kinect at your K-12 School   The Kinect Trial Program gives K-12 institutions...
  • Blog Post: Recursion First

    I’ve long had mixed feelings about recursion . (I’ve written about recursion several times in this blog.) In one post, Recursion Early, Recursion Late , I wrote about the suggestion that recursion be dropped from a first programming or computer science course. In another post I asked if it...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 13 August 2012

    Well it’s the middle of my vacation. Mostly I’m avoiding the Internet and email. Mostly. I’m not all that good at this vacation thing. In any case I do have a few links to share with you. A teacher friend of mine, Peter Vogel, shared this interesting article with me recently.   Is it Time to Reconsider...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector TechBytes Series

              Register Today ! Select a date below to register online or call 1-877-MSEVENT Nationwide Events The team is also hosting a series of Windows 8 DevCamps across the nation. Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity that combines the broad reach of Windows, our best...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Microsoft US Forum Wrap Up

    I missed out on most of the US Forum this year but as I said on Monday () I was able to attend the gala that finished out the event with the award ceremony. I wanted to link to more information provided by people who were there for the whole event though. This picture below includes many of the attendees...
  • Blog Post: You're invited to a Windows 8 DevCamp in city near you

          Seating is limited. Select a date below to register online or call 1-877-MSEVENT Location     DevCamp   Tampa, FL 8/8 Tallahassee, FL 8/10 Harrisburg, PA 8/14 Albany, NY 8/16 Sacramento, CA 8/23 Chevy Chase, MD 8/28 Reston, VA 8/30 Olympia, WA 9/7 Austin, TX 9/11 Madison...
  • Blog Post: Kodu: Mars Edition

    Did you follow the landing of the latest Mars rover – Curiosity? Well if you did or even if you just know a bunch of space crazy students the latest version of Kodu is for you. Last week Microsoft announced (and launched) Kodu:Mars Edition . Download it at http://www.kodugamelab.com . Some of the...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 6 August 2012

    What a great week last week was. My big planned event was a meeting of the ACM/IEEE CS 2013 committee in Seattle WA. As it turns out that meant I was able to attend the closing gala for the Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum. I’ll have a separate blog with links to that event. It is enough...
  • Blog Post: Construct 2 - the HTML5 game maker

    I’ve been experimenting with Construct 2 from Scirra the last few days. Construct 2 is a program from creating HTML 5 games. What really got my interest was that there is the ability to create Windows 8 games using Construct 2 with Visual Studio 12.  The Construct 2 development environment is pretty...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 30 July 2012

    Over on the left here is a picture of a group of young women who visited Microsoft in Cambridge MA recently as part of Boston University’s Artemis Projec t. This is one of several groups of young people that we have hosted this summer. It’s great to see kids getting excited about STEM in general and...
  • 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: Virtual Windows 8 Hands-on-Labs

    Ready to learn how to develop for Windows 8? Well perhaps not quite ready for a dedicated machine or concerned about complicated set-up? Well in those cases the new Virtual Windows 8 hands-on-labs may be just what you need! What are virtual labs?  Microsoft Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate...
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