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  • Blog Post: Atlanta (Georgia) Area Windows Phone Camp for Students

    Tara Walker is running a three-day Microsoft Mobile Development appLab at the Library at the Atlanta-Fulton County Library June 7 - 9th : 9:30am - 4:00pm This is a Three-Day Mobile Development Camp that will take you from beginning to learning how to build robust Windows Phone applications and games...
  • Blog Post: After The APCS Exam

    The Advanced Placement Computer Science exam is just about a month away. While for most schools this is far from the end of the school year for many AP students it feels like they should be done. After all what more to an AP course is there than taking the exam? This means that teachers often struggle...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 4 April 2011

    I always worry about posting things on April 1st. So I didn’t post anything last Friday. I could say it was just because it was April Fool’s Day but honestly I was just flat out too busy with other things. It was a heck of a week.  Speaking of April Fool’s Day and joke posts, the best April 1st...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners

    I’m excited about this. It is a series of videos designed as a four day workshop for learning Windows Phone 7 development. And it is for absolute beginners not seasoned professional developers. It’s from Microsoft’s Channel 9 team and so the production quality as well as the technical information is...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 27 September 2010

    Last week I wrote a post about the Imagine Cup. ( Imagine Cup–Solving the Worlds Problems Through Software ) A couple of things I should have mentioned about it though. One is there is a chance for students who enter to win an Xbox 360 console with the new Kinect each week to one random Imagine Cup registrant...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 XNA Platformer Level Editor for Windows Phone 7

    Interesting in developing games for the Windows Phone 7? David Rousset has just finished a complete series of blog posts explaining a demo he’s built around Silverlight 4, Windows Azure and XNA on Windows Phone 7 : Silverlight 4 XNA Platformer Level Editor for Windows Phone 7: overview (1...
  • 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: Windows Phone 7 Rockstar Award

    If you have been reading my blog (or following on Twitter @AlfredTwo) you have been reading about the US Imagine Cup finals. Hopefully you have found some interesting things and maybe becoming interested in getting involved if you are a student or presenting the idea to your students. If so I want you...
  • Blog Post: New Silverlight 4 Training Kit Available

      Microsoft has just released a new free Silverlight 4 Training Kit that walks you through building business applications with Silverlight 4. You can also download the entire offline version of the kit here .  You can use the 8 modules, 25 videos, and several hands on labs online or offline...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 5 April 2010

    Words matter. One set of words that come up in discussion are “training” and “professional development.” Mark Guzdial has an interesting discussion about just that set of words in a blog post titled “ Teacher “training” vs. Teacher “professional development” ” The discussion in the comments is particularly...
  • Blog Post: New Teaching & Learning Resources for XNA and Web

    Last week Microsoft put several curriculum modules on on the higher education part of the Faculty Connection. While aimed at the college/university space I think they may be useful for many high school people especially those working on independent studies involving XNA. What is a Curriculum Module...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Series Programming

    Programming phones seems to be the hot new thing these days. Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of free programming tools for the new Windows Phone 7 Series of devices. Start with Visual Studio 2010 Express for Phone beta. Windows Phone Developer Tools includes: Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic 0.8 Now with Silverlight

    There is a new version of Small Basic out this week. More details about it on the Small Basic blog but briefly: This release features: Addition of details about your published programs. Rating system for programs published online. Rich formatting based copy (useful for printing...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links December 7 2009

    A lot of links last week that anticipate Computer Science Education week came my way. Well you’d expect that and I have a number of them to share. But that’s not all. A little about Silverlight, a little about programming languages, and a little about other things. First though the CSEdWeek links. ...
  • Blog Post: Firestarter Event Series – Information about Microsoft Technologies

    Are you a school or district IT person looking for more information about the latest Microsoft technologies. Or perhaps you are a teacher looking to introduce some of these technologies to your students. In either case these free sessions may be useful for you. Heat up your skills with the all-new Firestarter...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links Labor Day 2009

    I’m not really working today. Well just this post really. For the most part I have been largely offline for Labor Day weekend. Enjoying family, sun, books, and relaxing. My wife and son start school with their students tomorrow. They’ve been doing the usual back to school teacher days last week. Their...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Developer Contest

    I know that a lot of students are looking to learn new skills and show of the ones they have. And often having a project, particularly one with a potential cash prize, can inspire students just a little extra to learn something new. Plus the people behind this contest are friends of mine so I have to...
  • Blog Post: Learning How to Use Silverlight

    Have you heard about Silverlight ? Have you ever wanted to learn how to use it yourself? If you haven’t heard about Silverlight I borrowed some text from the Silverlight home page to explain it. Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next...
  • 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: Tutorial: 2D Game Development in Silverlight

    Now this looks interesting – a tutorial to create a game using Microsoft’s Silverlight technology . The article describes how to implement a game loop, render images and shapes, the handling of keyboard events, and how to do some simple collision detection. I really like the ML diagrams that show the...
  • Blog Post: An Analog Computer Clock

    Every so often I like to highlight some technology that is just plain cool. The clock below is one such. Michael Scherotter created this watch image using a very high end, very sharp looking watch with permission of the manufacturer. While I typically do not wear a watch I do have an appreciation...
  • 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: Getting Started With Silverlight

    The Silverlight 1.0 Fire Starter is a one-day event providing developers and designers information on the concept behind Silverlight as a technology, what tools are useful in development and the knowledge in order to start building their own applications. The eight sessions from that event are available...
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