What a week. My son was married a week ago. I picked him and his bride up from their honeymoon last night. In between I took a trip to Texas for a Microsoft conference and celebrated my birthday while away. At least my bride was with me and I was able to meet up with my brother and sister in law who live in Texas. But a crazy week. I still managed to collect a few good links though. And if you didn’t see it I listed my 10 Most Popular Posts June and July 2010.
This (Visually-Impaired Student Solves Accessibility Challenge, Becomes an Entrepreneur ) is a great post by Cameron Evans (Microsoft CTO for Education) about David Hayden and Team Note-Taker who won the Tablet part of the Imagine Cup this year. Great story about someone taking charge of their own problems. Speaking of accessability, the Microsoft Accessibility web site has been rebuilt and reopened. They want everyone to know that accessible design can be beautiful. This is the first stop you should make if you have differently able students you want to help or if you want to teach students about accessible design.
From Jean-Luc David (@jldavid) and others I found links to Bill Gates – In 5 Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web. I’m skeptical. There are too many people problems to work out. Plus I think that a lot of the best learning comes from people actually being together.
Speaking of differently able people, @iRobotSPARK, lead me to this article called Robot Speaks the Language of Kids. Robots are being built and programmed to work with autistics students. Yet another example of computer science and engineering making a difference in the world.
Cy Khormaee recently blogged about high school computer science teacher Pat Yongpradit being selected to participate in the 2010 Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in South Africa!
Related to that my new manager, Bob Familiar (@bobfamiliar) wrote about the Innovative Education program in the US at a post titled Exceptional Teachers Recognized at the Microsoft 2010 U.S. Innovative Education Forum
If you are interested in conferences at all, I made some random conference observations in a recent blog post on another blog.