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  • Blog Post: Time Flies When Learning Is Fun

    I did some work workshops with the great people from Digital Wish again this week (see also Teaching Teachers and Students Together ) We did a full day workshop on web development using Expression Web using the Heavy Metal Car tutorial workshop from http://expression.microsoft.com/education We were able...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition

    Registration for the Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition is now open. Bliink ( http://bit.ly/Bliink ) is open to Illinois students ages 13-19 participating in teams of two to four. This year’s competition is co-sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Technology Association...
  • Blog Post: CS & IT 2011 Day 2

    Wow! The day started off with a bang. Doug Rushkoff, who wrote Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age , was the opening keynote. Agree or disagree with what he says he was a dynamic speaker. I think most of us would have been ok if he had run long. One of the things he said is that...
  • Blog Post: Registration now open for the Microsoft bliink Web Design Competition

    I told you it was coming . Yes, Bliink the web design competition is now open across the US. With registration now open for the Microsoft bliink Web Design Competition you can now: Register for online training and virtual labs Download classroom-tested learning resources Order free Expression...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft bliink…a web design competition for high school students

    I’ve talked about Bliink in the past. (See bliink ) Over the last couple of years Microsoft has run this web development competition in schools across the county. It’s been limited to individual states, state-wide organizations, or large school districts so far. This year we are going wider...
  • Blog Post: XNA and Game Development and Expression Web and Web Design Talks

    Last summer I helped present two talks at the CSTA CS & IT Symposium. In both cases I had small rolls with Pat Philips doing almost all of the talking on the talk about the Expression Web course. Steve Scanlan, an wonderful classroom teacher, did most of the talking after my introduction of game...
  • Blog Post: An Exploratory Computer Science Course

    One of the great things I get to do these days is to participate in advisory boards for Programming and Web Development programs at some local career/technical high schools. The other night is was at Greater Lowell Tech and they were telling us about their new exploratory course. The way things work...
  • Blog Post: Getting Close to ISTE Time

    I am starting to put stuff together to take with me to ISTE this weekend. I get in Sunday sometime and already have a dinner meeting set up. And some stuff do to Sunday afternoon if I get in early enough. I’ve been planning on this trip for a while of course. I have my official work duties, plans...
  • Blog Post: FETC Day 1 (2010)

    My first piece of advice to anyone attending FETC or other major education technology conference is don’t show up at the end of three weeks away from home. I did and I’m already exhausted. Yesterday Pat Phillips and I did a work shop in Hollywood FL about 3 hours drive away from Orlando and FETC. Then...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft bliink Contest in the State of Illinois

    I made mention of this announcement when it was first made in October. I hope that if you are at a high school in Illinois you know about this and are getting involved. Note that it doesn’t have to be a computer science teacher/or class that gets involved. Microsoft is actively looking to create similar...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at FETC 2010

    I’m going to FTEC in Orlando this January. This will be my first time at FETC and I’m looking forward to it. There isn’t usually a lot for computer science/programming/web development teachers at FETC from what I understand but this year Pat Phillips and I will be there to talk about the Expression Web...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links September 26 2009

    Windows 7 released to the general public last week so I have to start with a couple of Windows 7 links. OK maybe I don’t *have* to but there are a couple I wanted to share. From the Teacher Tech blog there is a list of 7 things teachers will like about Windows 7 . From the Microsoft UK Schools News Blog...
  • 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: Favorite Posts from August 2008

    I was fortunate enough to be invited to guest blog twice in August. Those may have been among my best posts for the month. First I did a first day of school post for the CSTA blog - Setting the Tone for the School Year . My wife is seeing students for the first time this year today. Several of my neighbors...
  • Blog Post: New Web Design Curriculum Released

    Are you looking for ways to engage your students in 21 st century learning? Would you like to generate enthusiasm and excitement about using technology in your classroom on a daily basis? Are your students interested in developing skills they can employ immediately for fun and for profit? Would you like...
  • Blog Post: Getting Ready for NECC

    It’s just over a week until I head out (down to?) San Antonio for this year’s National Education Computing Conference (NECC). I’ll start on Saturday the 28th with the annual CS & IT Symposium . This year’s event looks to be the best yet. I hope to see many people who read my blog as well as many...
  • Blog Post: An Expression Web Video Tutorial

    Randy Guthrie has posted a very nice 34 minute long video tutorial on how to create a personal web site using Expression Web. Expression Web is free for schools though the MSDN AA program . For college/university students it is also free through the Dreamspark program. Randy does a great job with...
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