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  • Blog Post: Leaving Microsoft

    This will be last blog post to this blog, as I am leaving Microsoft effective Monday, October 17.  Post-Microsoft I’ll be contracting (data projects, both production and education) and spending more time growing ‘Teaching Kids Programming’ around the world.  Two years ago someone dear to me...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Kids Programming with Agile Practices

    Here’s our deck from the international Agile2011 conference, where we are presenting tomorrow.  Our talk is called ‘Teaching Kids Programming with Agile Practices.’ Teaching kids programming with agile 2011 View more presentations from Llewellyn Falco
  • Blog Post: Teaching 10 year olds to code using the MVC pattern

    Teaching ADLIBS TKP Tips: Teaching the SmallBasic ADLIBS recipe The parts of the ADLIBS recipe are as follows: 1) Recipe – guided line-by-line translation, to teach core concepts. For ADLIBS, you are building on what the kids learned in all of the previous drawing recipes (core IDE and language concepts...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Kids Programming using the Intentional Method

    Here’s the presentation deck for our talk at the national Computer Science teacher’s conference in NYC this July – enjoy. Teaching Kids Programming using the Intentional Method View more presentations from Lynn Langit .
  • Blog Post:–Great for Technical Speakers

    While at fooCamp this weekend in Sebastopol, among many interesting people, I met the founders of a new site –  They call themselves a ‘social conference directory’ and from my first try-out – I LOVE their services and site. Take a look at the Lanyrd page for the upcoming SoCalCodCamp...
  • Blog Post: TKP Tips: Teaching the SmallBasic HOUSES recipe

    This is generally the second recipe the kids work with (the first one is SQUARE – and there are lots of tips and videos on how we teach programming generally, i.e. using Agile methods and specifically for that first recipe on TKP here .  Please go there FIRST if need be. In this blog post, I’ll...
  • Blog Post: TKP Tips: Making a SmallBasic runnable flash drive

    We discovered a shortcut that makes teaching #TKP courseware with SmallBasic even easier.  You can put everything you need for each pair of students on a single flash drive – SmallBasic, SmallBasic Extensions, Courseware, etc… AND you can run SmallBasic itself directly from this drive.  So...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Kids Programming–Jan-April 2011 UPDATE

    What have we been up to this year?  Take a look at the slide deck below. This also includes ‘stuff we need’ and future directions.  I welcome your comments Teaching Kids Programming Jan-April 2011 Update View more presentations from Lynn Langit
  • Blog Post: Why We Must Teach Girls to Program–A Women Developer Speaks

    I got this story on my blog in response to a presentation I did (on .NET Rocks ) about TKP and thought you might enjoy reading it.  Details have been obscured on request. “I heard your Podcast about Teaching Kids to Program and it was really inspiring, especially the new course work you are developing...
  • Blog Post: The Women in Tech Lunch at Mix11 generates action

    The first-ever LEGO Serious Play event at the WiT Mix11 luncheon hosted around 100 attendees, both women and men.  I co-led the event with LEGO superstar, Thomas Mueller (shown below leading a LEGO Mindstorms event at the Microsoft Store in Mission Viejo, CA). Thomas graciously lent us over 8,000...
  • Blog Post: TKP at Desert Code Camp

       AND This weekend we took 8 Local Developer volunteers (most pictured below) from So Cal to Desert Code Camp in Phoenix, Az. We taught 7 hours of hands–on content designed to introduce children (ages 5-17) to programming. This is the TKP’s most extensive effort to date at a CodeCamp. ...
  • Blog Post: A Teacher talks about Teaching Kids Programming

    Enjoy this short video of Orange County, CA teacher Lisa Martin talking about her class of high school students at a recent TKP event.
  • Blog Post: Teaching Kids Programming–Video Training for Teachers

    We’ve been making short videos on how to teach the parts of each recipe.  Not all recipes are complete, but we are working on it… Each recipe consists of the following parts and key components (for teachers): *) Setup – teachers should pair students w/5 minute rotations and should use Virtual Proctor...
  • Blog Post: Is YouTube this Generation’s Teacher?

    Llewellyn and I are quite interested in best practices around education in general (as we continue to develop our TKP courseware and teaching methods).  Lately we’ve been struck by several presentations about the use of YouTube for education. The first of which is the recent TED presentation by...
  • Blog Post: Update on Teaching Kids Programming

    We are frequently asked, ‘Just what are you guys doing now?’ about our work Teaching Kids Programming.  Enjoy this short video update! Viewing this content requires Silverlight. You can download Silverlight from .
  • Blog Post: Developers and Educators–Working together to teach kids programming

    I uploaded a deck (with recordings) on ways to engage the developer community to work with local educators to teach kids programming – enjoy! Developers and Educators - Teaching Kids Programming View more presentations from Lynn Langit .
  • Blog Post: Read SoCalDevGal’s Newspaper–‘The Woman Who Tech Daily’

      Finally, a neat way to use Twitter Lists!  I created a ‘newspaper’ from my @llangit\WomenWhoTech list on a new site called ‘’ .  I am really liking the format.  You can also create your own free, customized ‘newspapers’ of groups of people you follow and/or hashtags (such...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal’s 2010 People To Watch

    When I think of 2010, I think of people who inspire me.  These people are exceptional, they constantly amaze and delight me.  I thought it might be nice to share them with you. SoCalDevGal’s People to Watch from 2010   10 and 9.  Who – Derrick Muneene and Dr. Mark Shields What...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Developer Tools–for Kids and Adults

    Here’s the deck for my talk at University of California, Irvine next week – enjoy! Microsoft Developer Tools NOW for Kids and Adults View more presentations from Lynn Langit .
  • Blog Post: Holiday Makeover–Teaching Kids Programming

    We are working on our website for TKP ( Teaching Kids Programming ) and YOU can help!  How?  We need to take the content from all the various repositories (YouTube, SlideShare, CodePlex, our own heads, etc…) and get it into a USABLE format. We are looking for help evaluating how we did from...
  • Blog Post: Teach a Kid to Code a Holiday Card

    Happy holidays from my little volunteer group at .  To celebrate the season we’ve written a new recipe for you to share with your kids – teach them to code and make a custom holiday card at the same time! Here’s a sample output, but of course you can change anything...
  • Blog Post: Girls in Tech LA–Tech Trends 2011

    Here’s the video – enjoy! Watch live video from Tech Trends To Watch In 2011 on
  • Blog Post: Who is Teaching Kids to Program?

    Someone who you might not expect – here’s a video of 17-year old Genevieve L'Esperance.  She was the LEAD INSTRUCTOR at the recent TKP (Teaching Kids Programming event) in Washington DC.
  • Blog Post: Where is SoCalDevGal – Fall 2010?

    This fall is shaping up to be a busy one. I’ll bet some of you will be in the same places as me too. Below is my tentative fall speaking schedule: August Mon, Aug 9 at Microsoft, Irvine w/Denny Cherry on SQL Server Scalability and Storage – day event Tues, Aug 10 at QuickStart, Irvine...
  • Blog Post: My Favorite Office 2010 Features

    This post is a departure from my usual developer-focused content.  A fun part of my job is variety.  I was asked to speak on my favorite new consumer features of Office 2010 for the ‘ Jeff Levy on Computers Show’ .  (I will record this show on Monday with Jeff and will post a link to the...
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