Useful Web Links for Computer Science Teachers


I keep doing sets of links to hand out at various conferences. It seems like every time I do the list comes out a little differently. Some new things. Some things have new addresses. And the order of things changes for the audience. This list is from a pair of handouts I have put together for a high school curriculum panel at Stevens Institute of Technology and for TCEA. Since I’m been working on this I haven’t has as much time to write for the blog. So here’s hoping this serves as double duty.


K-12 Faculty Community Site http://www.microsoft.com/education/FacultyConnection/precollegiate 


A source for curriculum resources, teacher forums, and program announcements


Programming Languages for Beginners


Alicehttp://www.alice.org  – A 3-dimensional, drag and drop programming language from Carnegie Mellon University


Kodu http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/


A graphical programming tool for younger students. Kodu will be available via Xbox Live Marketplace this spring. A version for schools is in the works. I included that link because I am talking about it to let people know it is coming.




Scratchhttp://scratch.mit.edu  – a light weight 2-dimensional, drag and drop programming language from MIT


Small Basic http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/devlabs/cc950524.aspx


CSUnplugged http://www.csunplugged.com


Computer Science Unplugged is a series of learning activities that reveals a little-known secret: computer science isn’t really about computers at all!


MSDN Academic Alliance http:// www.msdnaa.net


A Microsoft program for schools to get Microsoft Development software for labs, teachers, and students.


DreamSpark for High schools https://www.dreamspark.com/HighSchool/Default.aspx


DreamSpark High School provides professional-level development and design tools to students enrolled in an accredited, secondary educational institution at no charge.


XNA Game Studio Express http://msdn.microsoft.com/xna


Software for developing games for Windows, the Zune and the XBOX 360. Also links to the XNA community with sample code, tutorials and support forums.


Visual Studio Express Editions http://msdn.microsoft.com/Express


Free development tools (IDEs) for Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual C# and Visual Web Developer


Beginner Developer Learning Center http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/beginner/bb308754.aspx


A web site for people of all ages who want to learn programming and web development. Tutorials, videos, projects and web casts




Microsoft Robotics Studio http://msdn.microsoft.com/robotics


Visual Programming Language for robots, runtime libraries for higher level programming, a 3-dimensional robot simulator with sample simulations, tutorials, and videos


Coding 4 Fun http://blogs.msdn.com/Coding4Fun 


A web site for hobbyists and computer tinkerers – sample projects and information for doing fun and interesting thing with programming; often combined with interesting or unusual hardware


Alfred Thompson’s Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/AlfredTh  Which is of course right here.


Sharing of resources, links, and information of interest to K-12 Computer Science Teachers




Comments (4)

  1. Garth says:

    I take it Kodu is not a public release yet?  At least I cannot find a download at the site.

  2. AlfredTh says:

    Kodu will be available via Xbox Live Marketplace this spring. A version for schools is in the works. I included that link because I am talking about it to let people know it is coming.

  3. Gerard says:

    I think you missed one, this one is a great site with activities you can do with students that you don’t need a computer for, great for Education Outside the Classroom! and they still learn about computer science

    CSUnplugged http://www.csunplugged.com/http://www.csunplugged.com‘>

    Computer Science Unplugged is a series of learning activities that reveals a little-known secret: computer science isn’t really about computers at all!

  4. AlfredTh says:

    Thanks Gerard! I should have had that on the list. I have edited it in now.