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  • Blog Post: Teaching Teachers

    Next week is the CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology Conference in Irvine CA. I’m taking part in a session on July 10th covering phone app development. I’m a little nervous about it. Partly that is because I am one of three people presenting different development environments for different...
  • Blog Post: A reminder–CS & IT Conference 2012

    Have you signed up for the best value in computer science education professional development? In today's economy, finding value for your professional development dollar is key. Not many international conferences can make the claim that they offer this but the Computer Science & Information Technology...
  • Blog Post: Keeping it real

    Lee Kolbert wrote a blog post ( Dear Will Richardson ) that I see as a real call to action for those of us who promote ourselves as experts working to help teachers do their jobs better. The basic suggestion is that those of us who have been out of the classroom for 5 to 10 years should take a year or...
  • Blog Post: The Best and Most Innovative Teachers

    Being somewhat opinionated about the subject (who am I kidding – most subjects) and at the same time being more or less incapable of keeping my opinions to myself I have written here about what makes a good teacher a number of times. I’ve talked about subject matter expertise and passion for the subject...
  • Blog Post: Register for CSTA's 2012 Annual CS&IT Conference

    CSTA's Annual CS&IT Conference This is the big and best professional development event of the year for middle and high school computer science educators. The program of session and workshops gets better every year and this year looks to be no exception. (I may be biased as I am on the program committee...
  • 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: 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: CS & IT 2012–Participate Actively!

    Back in the end of November I posted the call for proposals for the 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference. Did you see it? Have you been thinking about a proposal? have you submitted a proposal yet? The deadline is rapidly approaching (January 31st 2012 is the deadline...
  • Blog Post: Help Shape the CSTA Annual Conference: Be a Proposal Reviewer

    This is one of several recent “CSTA Blasts” that I am posting on my blog. If you are a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association you will have seen this and I apologize for the duplication. If you are a computer science educator, especially in K12, you should be a member. The annual CSTA CS...
  • Blog Post: 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference.

    The Computer Science Teachers Association runs what I consider the single best and most important professional development events of the year for computer science educators - the Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference . I’m honored and excited  to be on the program committee...
  • Blog Post: Teacher Trainer Professional Development Program

    The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program provides trainers the opportunity to deepen and expand their skills on integrating technology in their teacher training to positively impact teaching and learning. MIE participants will leave the two-day event with tools and training materials that support...
  • Blog Post: When Fish Fly

    How excited am I about the Partners in Learning Global Forum ? I’m seriously thinking of taking vacation days and paying my own way to Washington DC to see if I can “crash” it. I had a great time and learned a lot judging the US event ( Innovative Education Forum–Judging Day ...
  • Blog Post: Your Chance to Learn Windows Phone Development for Free

    Microsoft is offering a number of FREE Phone Camps around the US. These are fun and interesting workshops – hands on – to help people learn about developing Windows Phone applications. If you are an instructor who wants to add mobile development into your courses, a student who wants to create apps and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Mango Jump Start Workshop Now On Video

    IF you missed it live (like I did) you can now view the recording of the Windows Phone Mango Jump Start training on Channel 9. I borrowed these direct links from the official announcement . Microsoft MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! The "Building Applications for Windows Phone "Mango"...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Development Training Online

    SO you probably know that a new version of the Windows Phone software is coming very soon. If you are planning on teaching phone development you may also be thinking “I wonder how I can get some training on this?” Well you are in luck. Online training is coming! “Mango” Jump Start! Aug. 23-24! Pass it...
  • Blog Post: Award Winning Keynoters at CSTA's Annual CS&IT Conference 2011

    This year, CSTA’s annual CS&IT conference will include two fabulous keynoters: *Douglas Rushkoff*: award-winning author of Program or be Programmed . *Ken Perlin*: Academy Award winner for his work on Perlin Noise, which allows computer graphics artists to better represent the complexity of natural...
  • Blog Post: Webcast Series for K-12 educators and teacher recognition program

    I received the following from the Microsoft Innovative Educators program today and thought it was worth sharing. We have a launched a new Microsoft Innovative Educator Webcast Series which will run monthly and cover a range of topics including strategies for implementing successful group projects online...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for CSTA's Annual CS&IT Conference 2011

    You are cordially invited to attend the 11h annual Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium at Columbia University Faculty House in New York, NY! July 11, 12, & 13, 2011 Columbia University, New York July 11: Hands-on Workshops July 12: Keynotes and Breakouts July 13: Imagine Cup Activities...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 20 December 2010

    I’ve been on vacation since a week ago and gotten a lot done. My office is now neater and cleaner than it has been since my wife and I created it out of an unused bedroom. In between working on the office and trying to relax I have been unable to stay away from the computer or off the Internet though...
  • Blog Post: CS&IT 2011 — Call for Proposals

    The Computer Science Teachers Association sent out a call for proposals for the Annual CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium (for 2011) today. This year the event will be expanded in length and will be held in New York, NY July 11-13, 2011. Yes, the Big Apple! This is the biggest...
  • 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: Computer Science is NOT Boring!

    Well I guess a lot of people, especially students thing computer science is boring. According to a recent article ( Steve Furber: why kids are turned off computing ) the UK’s Royal Society is trying to understand why students are not interested in studying computing. One conclusion they have come...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Real Projects Workshop

    I’ll be helping out with some of this workshop at Stevens Institute of Technology in July. Free including accommodations. Plus some stipends. Teaching Real Projects for Real Clients Courses (RPRCCs): A Workshop for Computer Science, Information Technology, and Business Middle and High School Teachers...
  • Blog Post: New England Innovation Month 2010

    June has been designated as New England Innovation month . It was innovation (the company was Digital Equipment) that really caused me to move to New England 30 years ago. Today I think people tend to underestimate the innovation going on in New England. Forbes recently named Boston number 8 on their...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 31 May 2010

    It’s Memorial Day in the US and today we remember and honor the men and women who fought and died for our country. My Dad is a World War II veteran and has been relating some of his stories from that war. A lot went on and in his earlier days he never shared this much.  I’m glad to know it and it...
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