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  • 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: Interesting Links 23 July 2012

    I had a great week and a great weekend. Busy weekend with family which is the best way to spend the weekend. I’m late with today’s posts though but hopefully you’ll all forgive me. The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit has put many of the talks from last week online. It’s not all heavy technology. Social...
  • Blog Post: Studio K – Program to make Kodu Curriculum and Tools more accessible in Classrooms

    The other day the Kodu team announced Studio K . What is Studio K you ask?  In my opinion it’s the biggest curriculum, teaching and overall educational news about Kodu since Kodu was announced. From the announcement on the Kodu blog : Collaborating with Microsoft and the Advanced Micro Devices ...
  • 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: 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: How Young Can/Should You Start Teaching Programming?

    Or perhaps how young should you try? And to top if off, why do you want to start them so young in the first place? I received the following from a teacher friend of mine the other day and it has had me thinking ever since. Can you please tell me why anyone thinks it is a good idea for 6th grades...
  • Blog Post: Some Serious Fun With Kodu Programming

    As regular readers know I am a huge fan of Kodu, the highly graphical, easy to program game development product from Microsoft Research. It is easy enough that an 8 year old can create some great fun games with it (and some smart younger kids have done cool stuff as well) so it is easy to take this software...
  • Blog Post: One Option for How to Teach Kodu

    I recently ran some workshops to prepare students to be peer mentors and to mentor younger students with Kodu. The method I suggest is to have mentors show students some small steps and then let the students try. The latest version of Kodu has some really nice step by step lessons that students can do...
  • 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: Teaching Teachers and Students Together

    The other day Chris Bowen (that’s Chris working with students below) and I gave a Kodu workshop for a group of students and teachers in Vermont. This was a train the trainer sort of work shop and the students will be acting as peer tutors as part of after school programs in their local schools. Some...
  • 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: Conversations in Kodu

    Recently the Kodu team announced a new version of Kodu and a new Kodu Community Website. You can read a lot of the details at Announcing the Kodu v1.2 and the Kodu Community Website The expanded community web site is pretty cool. What's the Kodu Community Website ? Also new in this release is...
  • Blog Post: Home Grown Computer Camp

    Michael Scherotter who works for Microsoft decided to run a computer programming day camp in his home for his 9 year old son and 9 of his friends. Taking  on teaching programming to 10-year olds may not be for everyone but from the sound of Michael’s blog posts it sure sounds not only possible but...
  • 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: Interesting Links Post–6 July 2011

    Last week I celebrated eight years at Microsoft. I still miss the students which makes the guest talks I do in schools particularly valuable to me. Interestingly enough I was visiting a Microsoft office on the day of my anniversary and they had ice cream sundaes. Pure coincidence but a good sign I think...
  • Blog Post: Kodu Cup Submission Deadline is May 10th 2011

    Just a reminder that the submission deadline for the Microsoft Kodu Cup is next week on May 10th, 2011. There is still time to create a new game with Kodu and you could win $5,000 for yourself and your school and lots of great technology! But get cracking! The Kodu Cup is a game design competition for...
  • Blog Post: Kodu Cup 2011

    Create a new game with Kodu and you could win $5,000 for yourself and your school and lots of great technology! Welcome to the Microsoft Kodu Cup : A game design competition for students 9 – 17 years old. Time to step up your game! Kodu Cup is here! It's the competition you've been waiting for. And it...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire TechFest 2010

    I spent most of Saturday at the New Hampshire TechFest at Windham High School. NH Tech Fest is a Satellite Event of the USA Science and Engineering Festival   which was running concurrently on the Mall in Washington, D.C. I understand that Microsoft ad an even larger presence in DC but I was happy...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 18 October 2010

    Well things are heating up with the Imagine Cup. Last week was the round one entry for the fall round of the game and Software Development invitational. Lots of teams have signed up but we will have a second round of sign ups in the late winter/early spring time. In the mean Dan Kasun has bee blogging...
  • Blog Post: Kodu Kamp for Educators

    OK so you know I am a big fan of Kodu . Perhaps you read about the Kodu workshop I did for students last weekend. Perhaps you just heard about Kodu from some random place. But where ever you heard about it you asked yourself “How can I as a teacher learn about Kodu ?” Well if you are in the Boston/Cambridge...
  • Blog Post: Kodu Programming For Kids

    I’ve demoed Kodu a number of times and I’ve showed it to individual children briefly as well. Last Saturday I did a workshop for kids at HacKid at the Microsoft office in Cambridge MA and that was different. I had about a baker’s dozen young people between about 8 and 12. About half girls and half boys...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 20 September 2010

    I’m happy to see that the Microsoft student website won the “Outstanding Website” award in the Education category from the Web Marketing Association. /Student as we call it is a very useful site for students to look for information about Microsoft tools, progucts, programs and special...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 6 September 2010

    Happy Labor Day! Well here in the US anyway. Technically a public/work holiday and I do plan to spend most of it relaxing. Unless my wife has other plans that is. I spent yesterday doing some early fall yard work for example. But it looks good so it was worth it. I have spent some time collecting some...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Posts 30 August 2010

    One of the things I tell people when they ask me about why I came to work for Microsoft is that the company has grown up in many ways over the years. One of those ways is in giving back to the community both in general and education in specific. For example, last week it was announced that Microsoft ...
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