Interactive Geometry Tool

The Live Geometry project is “A computer model of plane geometry that allows you to create interactive ruler and compass constructions and experiment with them.” Looks very cool to me. I can imagine lots of ways for teachers and students of geography to use this in constructive ways. This is the kind of tool that…

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Teachers Sharing Projects

It’s no secret that one of the things I think is most valuable about teachers blogging is that they can share ideas for what works in the classroom. Good teachers are always either looking for or struggling to come up with projects that teach important concepts in interesting and engaging ways. Sometimes it is the…

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Tech Talk Tuesday For Teachers

I got a lot of “T” words in that title. What I found this week was a whole calendar of videos and presentations created by the “Microsoft in Education” team that are aimed at teachers, Tech Coordinators, and others involved in using computer technology in schools. Some of the talks are under the “Teacher Tech…

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Announcing Small Basic From Microsoft DevLabs

Do you remember the old days of learning how to program with a simple, easy to use, uncomplicated version of BASIC? A lot of people including a lot of teachers (and more than a few professional developers) do. But in general companies are working on more and more powerful version with added complexity. Here now…

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What Does This Code Do?

“What does this code do?” is often a bit of a gotcha sort of question. OK sometimes it is a simple thing to make sure a student understands the syntax but many times it is really asking if the student understands some underlying concepts of either the programming language or how computers work. Rob Miles…

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Talking Points – Information About IT Careers

A friend forwarded the following announcement to me the other day. This is a really good resource for high school and middle school students about careers in Information Technology. It’s aimed at girls so don’t tell anyone but I am showing it to boys as well. Check out new Talking Points resource, a collaboration of…

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C# Yellow Book

Looking to learn or teach C#? Rob Miles announced that the C# Yellow Book which “is used by the Department of Computer Science in the University of Hull as the basis of the First Year programming course” is available as a PDF file. I went and grabbed a copy. I happily recommend all of Rob’s…

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NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing 2008

I received this announcement through Facebook the other day. If you know a girl with aspirations in computing and Information Technology tell her about this. Pass it on to your Guidance Department as well. Online applications are due December 1, 2008 for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award recognizes girls with aspirations…

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Free E-books on Visual Studio 2008 and MS Robotics Studio

Microsoft Press is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with some free e-books. Two that may be interesting to educators are one on MS Robotics Studio and one on Visual Studio 2008. These offers expire on October 22nd so act now. And tell others who could use these books about it. The two books are: Programming Microsoft…

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Surface Technology Development

One of the hottest new technologies in computer interfaces is Microsoft Surface which uses multi-touch to allow several items (like hands for example) to control things happening in software. The hardware for this is a bit expensive. OK it’s a lot expensive. Microsoft recently released some software as an open source project that makes this…

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