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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Useful Download Links for Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development


    Part of my job is to help people find valuable resources. I especially like it when they are free. Free is good. These links are for students, faculty and professional (or non professional) developer.  Please check these links out, visit the websites, find what looks interesting and download the tools.

    visual_studio_logoVS Express 2012 RC for Windows 8 Download on VS Site Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 provides the core tools that are required to build compelling, innovative Windows Store apps. And its free.

    VS Express 2012 RC for Windows 8 & Windows 8 Release Preview Downloads on Dev Center This link brings you to the Windows 8 Development Center with a large collections of links for tools, software development kits and a link to the Windows 8 Development Center where you can get a limited time evaluation copy of Windows 8.

    How to Develop a Windows 8 App in 30 Daysgenerationapp_logo

    • Insider tips and tricks on Windows 8 application development.
    • Personal on-the-phone access to a Windows 8 architect*.
    • An exclusive one-on-one Windows Store design consultation*.
    • An opportunity to get expert help from a Microsoft Services Engineer at an App Excellence Lab.

    Phone SDK Download 

    The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 and 7.1.1 Update provides you with all of the tools that you need to develop apps and games for both Windows Phone 7.0 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

    The Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update provides additional functionality to the existing Windows Phone SDK 7.1. Using this update, you can more easily develop apps and games that are optimized to run on 256-MB devices.

    How to Develop a Windows Phone App in 30 Days

    Now that you have taken on the 30-day challenge to build a Windows Phone app, let's get down to the brass tacks. How to start? What happens next? Where to get a device to test your app? How to make money on your app? Help is at hand at each step of the way. The schedule below highlights themes and how you can make the most of each week with training, resources and support. Your journey begins here.

    Generation App – Where Ideas Meet Code

    If you have an app idea that's ready to build, you can find the expertise you need to make your app a reality at The world's leading platform for online employment, Elance connects entrepreneurs with qualified online professionals and provides the tools needed to hire, view in-progress work, and pay for the end results on an hourly or by-project basis.

    Azure 90-day Free Trial Azure is Microsoft’s big cloud offering. This site lets you sign up for a 90 day free trial so that you can try Azure out and learn more about cloud computing. Visit the Azure 90-day Free Trial website for the details and fine print.

    Your free Azure trial contains
    • compute -750 small compute hours per month
    • web sites - 10 Shared Web Sites***
    • relational database - 1 Database Unit of Web Edition and Business Edition SQL Database****
    • storage - 35GB with 50,000,000 storage transactions
    • bandwidth - Unlimited inbound / 20GB Outbound

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Interesting Links 27 August 2012


    Back to school hit home today as my wife went back to school for the first day of teachers. Kids come back the day after Labor Day so it is professional development and getting ready this week. We try and get all the summer we can up here in New England. I know that a lot of places have been back for a while already. If you are back in school I hope things are going well for you. Speaking of teachers and teaching I really liked this message that Arne Duncan@arneduncan tweeted “Some people are motivated by money or power or vanity. But teachers are uniquely driven by the desire to help others succeed.”

    Politics are also in high gear and Dr. Mark Drapeau‏ aka @cheeky_geeky posted this picture of the Microsoft manned help desk set up for the Republican Party convention this week. And Microsoft also introduced an Xbox LIVE politics hub.

    GOP help deskXBOX politics

    Microsoft Corp. today announced “Election 2012 on Xbox LIVE,” a unique opportunity for Xbox 360 owners to watch and interact with live election coverage of the presidential debates, learn the facts about the candidates and issues from Face the Facts USA, register to vote through Rock the Vote, and participate in live daily polling from YouGov. will deliver daily election programming to keep users up-to-date on the latest news and analysis about the election and the candidates. All these experiences will be featured on a brand new Election 2012 Hub on Xbox LIVE. Members will be able to fully access the first wave of content, which will focus on convention-related news, beginning Monday, Aug. 27.

    Congratulations to Jennifer Chayes, director of MS Research NYC & New England for being named one of most powerful women in tech.

    Trevor Packer @AP_Trevor, College Board’s head of AP, announced on twitter that there were 18 perfect AP Computer Science scores, in CA (3), NY (3), TX (3), IL (2), China (2), MA, NJ, OH, TN, & VA. No other AP exam had any perfect scores. Mind boggling isn’t it. Especially since other exam have far more test takers.

    Microsoft Research@MSFTResearch picked as their Video of the Week: hear Andy van Dam, CS prof @Brown University talk about opportunities for the future of computer science. It’s about a minute long with a message that students should hear.

     Doug Peterson (@dougpete) tweeted a reminder about some  Microsoft teaching guides that are well worth knowing about for any number of teachers who cover any number of topics

    .I’m posting this link to In Google’s Inner Circle, a Falling Number of Women not as a knock to Google by any means. Clearly they are working hard to address the issue of retaining women in the field. Rather I post it so that people can learn about the issues and perhaps think about more ways to deal with this problem.

    The C# Yellow Book 2012 is now available from @robmiles  If you are looking for a well written and totally up to date and FREE C# textbook this is what you want.

    Another look at Khan Academy and learning programming from a HS CS teacher. Most of the work on the street about the new Khan Academy computer science program has been positive. This post takes a different sort of look at it from a teacher in the trenches. Food for thought for sue.

    October 11th 2012 is the first international day of the girl. This article Day of the "Tech" Girl  on the CSTA Blog talks about the need for more girls in tech.

    Innovative Teachers-Share Your Genius This guest post by Eric Williams, Superintendent of the York County School Division in Virginia on VIcki Davis’ CoolCatTeacher blog is a plea for teachers to share their innovative ideas with others. This is a theme I have pushed for years but Eric says it so well.

    WiredMagazine has nice review of Kodu with a nice collection of links to curriculum as well.

    Under the cool tools category @TeachTec tweeted a link to 10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics

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    NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing 2012



    One of the ways that one can help young women with an interest in computing and related fields is to provide recognition for the world they have already been doing. One of the great programs in this regard is the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Along with the NCWIT awards listed below, a number of universities offer scholarships to winners and runners up of the Award for Aspirations in Computing. Applications open officially next month but you will want to look into the awards and application process now so you can encourage young women to apply.

    The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local "affiliate" competitions to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide.

    Applications are accepted from September 15-October 31.  Award recipients are notified in early December and award events take place around the country December through May. To apply, girls must register online.  Click here to begin registration. You can register anytime and will be notified when applications open.

    The Award for Aspirations in Computing is open to all high school girls residing in the US and you may re-apply each year.  You may only receive the National award once.

    National Award-winners receive:

    • $500 in cash
    • a laptop computer, provided by Bank of America
    • a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina
    • an engraved crystal award for both the student and the student's school
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