The Future of K-12 Blogging

There are a couple of things that I think should happen with regards to K-12 blogging. I’d like to think that they will happen but the reality is that education does not respond quickly to new technology. We’re still not using computers in the classroom much better than we were when my son was a…

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LEARNING HOW TO CREATE PORTALS USING DOTNETNUKE

Brian Scarbeau has an announcement in his blog about a series of web casts he is presenting for high school teachers. It is all about using Dot Net Nuke. Brian uses DNN for his own web site and as a teaching tool in his web design course. Visit Brian’s blog for more detail on these…

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Weed them out or teach better?

I don’t know how many teachers are reading blogs during the Christmas break (or the winter break between now and New Years) but I hope some of you are reading this one. Joel Spolsky has a very interesting entry called The Perils of JavaSchools. No it is not an anti-Sun and/or anti-java rant. Well not…

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Teachers and Christmas Break

Do you (if you are a teacher) assign projects over the winter holiday break? If you are not a teacher what do you think are the pros and cons of doing so? How about your own activities over the holiday? Other than catching up with grading (which I know I always had to take care…

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Women in Computer Science

The debate over the shortage of Computer Science graduates has brought the issue of women in Computer Science back into focus again. Of course for those people who look into their high school COMPUTER SCIENCE classrooms and see nothing but male faces I doubt it has ever moved far from thought. The Boston Globe had…

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Free Training

I know that a lot of teachers are starting to think about upgrading their courses from Visual Basic 6.0 to the latest Visual Studio 2005 or ASP to ASP .NET 2.0 but are concerned about how they are going to learn what they need to know. I just found out about a special, limited time offer from…

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Thank You Oregon

I’d just like to say hello to any of the teachers at the workshop in Canby Oregon today who stop by the blog. I had a wonderful time talking to you all about my favorite programming language, Visual Basic .NET. I hope you had a worthwhile time. I know I enjoyed meeting you all. Thanks…

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Visual Basic Course Link and Textbook Links

I found an interesting high school Visual Basic course web site recently. I thought I would share it with others and ask anyone reading this to send me links to others. Or leave a comment with a link. One of the things I think would be very useful would be for teachers to have a…

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Programming an Xbox 360 Controller

OK so not everyone has been able to get an Xbox 360 yet. (I don’t have one.) And of course even fewer can develop programs for them. That requires some very special and hard to get software. But according to Don Box you can at least get an Xbox controller and program for it on…

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Hip Hip Array

Chap Percival has an interesting blog entry (I borrowed his title for this post) in which he talks about how he explains why array indexes start at zero. He gets into the math of it – data size in bytes, calculating offsets, and that sort of stuff. I must admit that I like talking about…

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