Top Ten Indications You Are A Computer Industry Newbie

Just for fun and because I am old[ish]. But more seriously, because people should know the history of computer science and the computer industry so as not to repeat mistakes. You think garbage collection came in with Java. Garbage collection has been around a long long time. BASIC  PLUS in the RSTS/E operating system had…


Interesting Links 27 December 2010

If you are like me and like most teachers you are still on vacation. You have had enough of celebrations and eating large meals and finally have some time to think. If you read a lot of blogs you will notice that a lot of people are not blogging. I am addicted though – or…


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

An old-fashioned ASCII Art image to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! Froehliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr! Kellemes Karacsonyiunnepeket & Boldog Új Évet…


High School Computing Is Boring

Periodically I check the list of searches that lead people to this blog. And there are a lot of different items. I’m always surprised at how many people are searching on my name for example. But most of the searches are what you might expect – looking for resources on the topics I blog about….


Thinking Speed over Typing Speed

Last week I ran across a blog post by John D Cook titled How much does typing speed matter? that got into the debate over how fast programmers should be able to type. It was a response to Jeff Attwood who had compared programmers to pianists. (Cult of the Keyboard) John Cook compares programmers to…


How not to teach programming

Through the wonders of DZone I came across a blog post called Don’t teach like you code. The target audience seems to be professional coders who are teaching beginners. It’s always interesting to read articles like this and part of that is to understand the perceptions that people have about teaching when they are not…


Interesting Links 20 December 2010

I’ve been on vacation since a week ago and gotten a lot done. My office is now neater and cleaner than it has been since my wife and I created it out of an unused bedroom. In between working on the office and trying to relax I have been unable to stay away from the…


Computer Science Teacher Education

Mark Guzdial makes a strong case that the Best hope for CS Teacher Education is in-service, not pre-service. Basically there is not enough demand for strong pre-service CS teacher education because there are not enough people in education programs who have as a goal teaching CS as their main topic. There is not enough demand…


Microsoft bliink…a web design competition for high school students

I’ve talked about Bliink in the past. (See bliink) Over the last couple of years Microsoft has run this web development competition in schools across the county. It’s been limited to individual states, state-wide organizations, or large school districts so far. This year we are going wider – national (US) in scope. My friend Gautam…


CS&IT 2011 — Call for Proposals

The Computer Science Teachers Association sent out a call for proposals for the Annual CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium (for 2011) today. This year the event will be expanded in length and will be held in New York, NY July 11-13, 2011. Yes, the Big Apple! This is the biggest and I maintain…