New Community Site for Robots in Education

RobotEvents.com is a new community portal for robotics and technology in education. Highlights include links to various robotic competitions for school students, lists of workshops and camps and discussion forums. Their mission: RobotEvents.com exists to connect students, mentors, and schools in every community to a variety of successful and engaging technology-based programs. Our goal, along…

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Security V. Ease of Use

I’ve run into lots of security talk lately. I visited a school last week where the programming teacher is having some issues because the IT department wanted him to try letting them manage the lab’s new computers. Sort of “let’s see if it makes things as difficult for [the teacher]” or if it is really…

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Tablet PC Tips on Video

The Tablet PC Education blog points out that Jim Vanides has created some videos to show instructors how to get more out of their Tablet PCs. SO far there are three in his series: How to use ink to annotate PowerPoint slides – did you know you could do that? And then you can save…

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When Programming was Women’s Work

These days when the picture one automatically gets when they hear the words “computer programmer” is male and white and dorky it is easy to think it was always that way. But actually it hasn’t always been that way. In fact in the beginning programming was “woman’s work.” I was reminded of that recently while…

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HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative

I spotted this program on Jim Vanides blog recently. (Emphasis mine) The HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative is designed to support the innovative use of mobile technology in K-16 education, and to help identify K-12 public schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities that HP might support with future grants.  Based on the…

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Cyberbullying – Let’s All Fight It

I came across a moving video on cyberbullying last week. It is remarkably well done and tells the story that cyberbullying is bullying and that it really hurts people. The video can be found here. There you will also find a teacher’s guide to help use the video in the classroom. Along with the main…

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DigiGirlz Days are scheduled

The DigiGirlz Days schedule is out (actually I got a sneak peak – thanks Diane) and there are more of them in more places than ever before. What is a DigiGirlz Day? During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an…

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Please Help Me Understand Who Is Reading

I have created a very brief (five questions, multiple choice) survey to try to better understand who is reading this blog. Please take a minute or two to answer these questions for me. I’d really appreciate it! I am particularly interested to see if there are readers who would prefer to receive these posts as…

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CS Degree Starting Salaries Are Up

Last week I posted about information that I thought guidance counselors should have about the CS/IT field. Someone said in a comment that I didn’t really make the case that students should actually go into the field. On one hand I do believe, as I heard no less a luminary than Bob Metcalfe say in a…

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Do Your Students Understand this Cartoon

Lots of people pointed out this cartoon recently. It’s an example of an SQL Injection exploit of course and all the people who referenced it knew that right away. But how many regular (ie. non-geek, non-computing people) do understand it? Probably not many. The bigger problem though is that many people who do understand it…

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