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  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 18 June 2012

    Some of you may remember that I was nominated for the  Top 30 Fascinating Technology Teacher blog voting. I came in at number 7. Thanks to all of you who voted for me. Over at the CS Principles @ North blog is a nice post about  'Who can teach CS Principles ?' that those of you following the...
  • Blog Post: Finalists for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    Today the US Partners in Learning team announced the Finalists for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum . There are a lot of great projects in that list and I do urge you to not only look though them but share them with other educators you may know who are open to interesting and creative...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows: SDK and Runtime version 1.5 Released

    If you are using the Kinect sensor for projects, especially if you have the new Kinect for Widows version, you will want to get the latest software development kit and related tools. There is a full list of what is involved at the Kinect for Windows Blog > Kinect for Windows: SDK and Runtime version...
  • Blog Post: Be What’s Next!

    Grace Hopper used to tell her audiences that if they ever used “because we have always done it this way” as an excuse for anything that she would magically appear next to them to “haunt” them. I first heard her say that some 40 years ago and it has stuck with me since then. And yet people do use that...
  • 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: Young People Doing Exciting Things

    This has been an inspiring week for me. Last weekend though Monday I was in Redmond for the US Imagine Cup . Great projects. Today I am at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St Louis. And I’m seeing some amazing things here already. For example imagine a robot arm controlled by leg movements? Robotics...
  • 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: Using Kinect for Windows with XNA Curriculum

    I mentioned Rob Miles new Using Kinect for Windows with XNA curriculum in Monday’s Interesting Links post . I was a bit afraid that the announcement might get “lost” there so wanted to highlight these materials in a post all on it’s own. I know a lot of people are thinking about using Kinect at the end...
  • Blog Post: One week left to enter the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge!

    I know that here and there you might have some really great Kinect game or app ideas at your schools. If they haven’t already entered the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge , please encourage them to do so before March 6 th ! Round 1 is super easy – it’s a simple one-pager that represents a concept design – and...
  • Blog Post: Hello From Texas

    You may have noticed I haven’t been blogging as much this week. I’ve been in Austin TX at the TCEA conference. I’ve been pretty busy from morning until night. Doing what? Well you may ask. I have been spending some time at the Microsoft booth talking to teachers who come by. But I have also been involved...
  • Blog Post: Kinect For Windows Is Out

    I know you have been reading me write about Kinect for Windows for a while now so why is this news? The reason for that is simple – new hardware and new software. Oh and a new license. What I have been writing about is using the Kinect for Xbox with a Windows PC. The new Kinect for Windows has some new...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Sweepstakes For Schools

    Energize your classroom and get students moving! Enter for a chance to win a Kinect TM for Xbox 360® prize package for your school! Learn more about Kinect. Get activity plans for your school.
  • Blog Post: Two New Imagine Cup Challenges for 2012

    The Imagine Cup just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today two more challenges were announced via the Imagine Cup blog ( Microsoft Announces Windows Metro Style App and Kinect Fun Labs Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012 ). One challenge is specifically for Kinect applications while the other is for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Stores Thrilled to Become FIRST Sponsors!

    In an exciting new partnership, Microsoft Stores across the country are teaming up with FIRST robotics teams to provide Kinect hardware and software development kits along with technical support. “It just seemed like a perfect fit,” explained Steph Ramsey, a Community Development Specialist at the Mission...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for FRC 2012

    Tomorrow is the official kickoff for the FIRST Robotics Competition . One of the things that means is that today is a day of workshops at FIRST Place in Manchester NH. I started my day here by presenting a 45 minute workshop on how the Kinect is used with FRC robots this year. There were some things...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Educators

    One of the great things in my job is the chance to make connections between people doing interesting things. Lately a lot has been happening in the world of educational uses for the Kinect Sensor utilizing the Kinect for Windows SDK . Johnny Kissko seems to be the center for a lot of this so I have been...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Education Blog Roll

    I’m a firm believer that blogs are a great way for teachers to share ideas and builds community. Supporting that sort of community is why I have many blogs listed on the side of this blog’s home page. But that format is limited. It doesn’t give much information beyond a name and a link...
  • 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: Programming for Absolute Beginners from Channel 9

    Channel 9 has just launched an absolute beginner series to help people learn to program. There are two versions of the Development for Absolute beginners materials – one for Visual Basic and one for C# Well worth checking out. Visual Basic Development for Absolute Beginners C# Development for Absolute...
  • Blog Post: Collection of Kinect in Education Links

    Thanks to Johnny Kissko ( 9 Excellent Programming Resources for Kinect ) I recently discovered Ray Chambers who is “currently teaching ICT at Lodge Park Technology College in Corby Northamptonshire.” in England  who has been doing a lot with Kinect. Check out some of his more recent blog posts....
  • Blog Post: Leading With Kinect

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting a group of students from the Boston Preparatory Charter Public School. I even wore a tie because these students wear ties as part of their uniform and somehow I felt under dressed without a tie on previous visits. These were tenth graders who were visiting a couple...
  • Blog Post: Python, Visual Studio and Kinect

    Python is rapidly growing in popularity in academia. Last week Microsoft announced  Python Tools for Visual Studio – an open source (Apache) and free plug-in that turns Visual Studio into a world-class Python development environment.   Plus now there is : PyKinect , which enables writing...
  • Blog Post: What To Tell Students About Computer Science

    Last Friday I drove down to Cape Cod. Just over the Cape Cod canal via the Bourne Bridge is Upper Cape Tech. They have an outstanding culinary arts program and while I really did enjoy lunch and conversation in the culinary arts restaurant I was mainly there to talk to students about careers in 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 ...
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