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  • Blog Post: Where is the computer science at ISTE?

    My prime focus at Microsoft is K-12 computer science education. While I am very interested in various areas of using technology in education I basically get paid to promote Microsoft programs and products in computer science. It’s become harder and harder for me to justify attending the annual ISTE conference...
  • 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: Microsoft at ISTE 2011

    As I promised yesterday, here is more information about Microsoft at ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia. First off the good stuff. OK well the stuff that means the most to me – presentations by friends of mine that have to do with computer science topics. Pat Yongpradit and Bryan Baker are both giving talks that...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Teacher Education

    Mark Guzdial makes a strong case that the Best hope for CS Teacher Education is in-service, not pre-service . Basically there is not enough demand for strong pre-service CS teacher education because there are not enough people in education programs who have as a goal teaching CS as their main topic....
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links July 5 2010

    Did you have a good Fourth of July weekend? Technically a holiday for me today as the real day come on the Sunday. I understand it was a bit of a holiday in Norway as well – Queen Sonja’s birthday. I was pretty busy at ISTE last week and then catching up on things a bit. Oh ok a lot. So not...
  • Blog Post: Reflection on ISTE 2010

    Well I’m back from ISTE for a bit over 24 hours now. My luggage has even arrived. It apparently decided to spend a few extra hours in Denver. I had a great time at ISTE as I always do. It was a great time to reconnect with a good many people who I know either in person or online or both. I missed some...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 27 June 2010

    Posting early this week as I hope to have more timely stuff to write about as the week goes on. I’m on my way to Denver for ISTE this morning. I hope to connect with a bunch of people this afternoon and evening. If you are coming I sure hope we connect in real life as well. BTW if you are at ISTE stop...
  • 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: Interesting Links 14 June 2010

    Is school done for the year where you are? Here in the northeast of the US there is another week or two to go. Teachers are finishing up the year, getting their grades done, graduation events are everywhere and I think many teachers are looking to take some time off before even thinking about next school...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 7 June 2010

    I tried to take most of last week off. Well I guess I actually did officially take most of the week off but somehow I spent more time than I should have on email and Twitter. Perhaps I have a problem. :-) But I didn’t really blog and I avoided most real work. I even made it to the beach for a while...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at ISTE 2010

    Well the schedule for Microsoft sessions and events at ISTE 2010 in Denver is up. And I’m excited about it! Well of course I love ISTE conferences anyway. What is Microsoft up to? Learning sessions Breakfast and lunch presentations (Hyatt Regency Denver, across the street from the Convention Center)...
  • Blog Post: Getting Ready for ISTE – SIGCT Recommendations

    ISTE is only about a month away now. hard to believe it is so close. SIGCT is out with their annual recommendations for computer science teachers of workshops, sessions and meeting to attend. If you haven’t checked them out yet I highly recommend you do so.  Start by visiting the the Custom Program...
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