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  • Blog Post: Latest Interesting Links September 1 2009

    August was something else for me. I had some travel. I had a lot of work. And I did some things around the house. That’s what August is for right? You may or may not have noticed but blogging was a little lighter than usual for me in August. Only the third time in the last close to four years that I...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links July 27th 2009

    Computers and vision – what’s up with that? Things we do with our eyes without out a seconds thought are difficult for computers. From Scott Lum  (@ scottlum ) I learned about a page outlining Computer imaging & vision projects from Microsoft Research Fascinating stuff. Paolo Barone (@ pbarone...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science for Middle School

    I spent yesterday at a large STEM event in Denver Colorado. Something like 1,500 middle school girls were brought to the Colorado Convention center for workshops and talks about science, technology and engineering. My colleague Hilary Pike conducted several workshops while I manned the booth we had in...
  • Blog Post: Beginner Developer Learning Center

    One of the questions I get all the time is “ I have a student/child/nephew/daughter/etc who wants to learn programming on their own. Where should they go?” My answer is always the Beginner Developer Learning Center and from there to the Kid’s Corner . I may also recommend Popfly as a starting place because...
  • Blog Post: Friday Game News

    OK it is the start of the long weekend – well once my wife gets back from school where she had just a little more to do to be ready for students on Tuesday. So it is time to think about some game news. OK so I’m thinking about more help to create games since I really think that turning consumers into...
  • Blog Post: Friday Misc Links – August 8 2008

    Found a few good nuggets to share with people. Robots If you are in to robots or know someone who is I saw this announcement from the Microsoft Robotics team blog . The RoboChamps Amazed Challenge is over and the winners have been announced. However, the Challenge continues with the Amazing...
  • Blog Post: Foundations Of Digital Games Conference

    The Game Development in Computer Science Education conference has been renamed and this year’s event is called the Fourth International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games . This is the premier educational conference for faculty who use game development to teach computer science concepts and...
  • Blog Post: Goof Off Monday

    I have nothing serious today. I sent something to the AP CS mailing list and got back a lot of out of office messages. I'm guessing a lot of people, especially teachers, are just relaxing these days. So today, just ways to have some fun and avoid real work. My friend Hilary sent me the following information...
  • Blog Post: Turning Consumers into Creators

    One of the talks in the Microsoft booth at NECC that I attended was Jacqueline Russell explaining Popfly. One of the things that hit me was when she said the goal behind what her group was doing was to turn “consumers into creators.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot since then. I have come to the...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Lessons

    There are a lot of very interesting computer science topics that typically have to wait a while before being taught. Or that people have to learn a whole lot of “plumbing” to use. Among these are things like XML, RSS, and using maps (the where things are sort of maps). Popfly is a very cool mashup tool...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links – 15 July 2008

    I am struggling to catch up from my vacation. One of the trailing points in my activity is blogging – both reading and writing. I’ve got over 500 blog posts (mostly in the education category – aren’t you all on vacation?) to read. But I’ve come up with a few things already that are worth giving some...
  • 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: Learn How to Create a Popfly Input Box

    Ed Dunhill have been running a series on web development on his blog. Recently he wrote a great post on Popfly to teach people how to create a custom input box. Ed’s summary of what the post is about is here: For the purpose of this tutorial we will implement a block that will take XML data (in...
  • Blog Post: Links from my talk at Stevens Institute of Technology

    Yesterday I gave one of the keynote talks at Stevens Institute of Technology’s second annual high school computer science workshop . Ursula Wolz , The College of New Jersey, was a tough act to follow with her great presentation/demo on Scratch . Scratch is one of my favorite teaching tools and I learned...
  • Blog Post: Learning How to Create Games With Popfly

    I recently rediscovered the Popfly wiki. The Popfly wiki is a strong and growing community effort to help people get the most out of the Popfly environment . (More on what I have written about Popfly here.) At the Popfly wiki one will find information on the various blocks that are available for creating...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator

    It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Popfly – especially lately as I’ve been writing a lot about it. But late last week the Popfly team added something really new – Popfly Game Creator . John Montgomery who runs the group responsible for Popfly does a much better job of explaining what this is about...
  • Blog Post: Top Posts For April

    To be honest I am writing this a little early because I am on vacation today. So it is possible that one of the posts from this week should be in this list but isn’t. But I think it is safe to say that some of the early posts in April were the big conversation pieces of the month. The post with the...
  • Blog Post: Trip Report – Summit (NJ) Schools

    Last week I took a trip down to Summit High School to take part in a teacher workshop day. There were about 200 teachers from the high school and middle school there. The day was dedicated to new media with a bunch of workshops on blogging, wikis, Skype and other Web 2.0 tools. most of the workshops...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Coin Flip Mashup Tutorial

    This is a tutorial I put together to provide a hands on experience for some teachers I am doing a workshop for today. I did a copy from a Word document and paste into Windows Live Writer to see how it works as a blog post. Sorry about all the images if you are on a slow connection. I don't usually include...
  • Blog Post: Popfly in the Classroom - Trip Report

    First the surprising secret - students today are not all that Web 2.0 knowledgeable. Now you wouldn't get that from the media but its true. Oh sure there are a lot of young people out there creating new media, using instant messaging tools, downloading music and software and connecting via Facebook or...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight, Popfly, and other Software Trailers

    I'm very lucky to be working with a bunch of bright young people. Well they don't always think of themselves as young but since I have a son older than most of them they seem young to me. These guys are talented in many areas but it is their use of new media that I probably admire most. You may be seeing...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Goes to School

    Popfly is a very easy to use and yet powerful mashup tool for non-professional developers. It's really a lot of fun to use and lets amateurs create some really interesting combinations of data and displays. Professor Mark Frydenberg of Bentley College teaches technology to business students. One of...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash - Newsletter for Students and Professionals

    Hilary Pike (a friend and co-worker) edits a section of the MSDN flash newsletter designed for students interested in technology. The MSDN Student Flash covers various new technologies and resources for technologies that may be interesting to students. You can look at a sample issue here . You can directly...
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