I’m happy to see that the Microsoft student website won the “Outstanding Website” award in the Education category from the Web Marketing Association. /Student as we call it is a very useful site for students to look for information about Microsoft tools, progucts, programs and special deals. And unlike a lot of corporate websites is not boring.
Ryan Nutt (@RyanNutt) Tweeted a link to You code like a girl! which is an interesting look at both the differences between how boys and girls code and the idea of beautiful code in general. This is a topic I’d like to think and write more about in the near future. I’d love to read any comments any of you have on this topic and post.
A new blog from the Microsoft Office team called Office in Education has started to help teachers and students get the most out of MS Office. Drop by and tell them what you want to see there.
Dave Burkhart has a nice post on the CSTA blog called Computer Science and Reading Literacy where he is looking for reading suggestions for compare science students. Helene Martin lists a bunch of books from teh SIGCSE mailing list in the comments. A good place to look for ideas and for you to add some of your own.
Interested in game development? The new XNA Game Studio 4.0 is live! Lots of good stuff for developing for the Windows Phone 7 is included. Free download!
Some good news from the Kodu team this week.. First Consolarium in Scotland has posted 12 Kodu videos on YouTube for teachers getting started with Kodu:. They look great! Also Kodu was highlighted in a recent NY Time Magazine section- The 8-Year-Old Programmer Note that Kodu is a free download for PC, as well as a $5 indie game on Xbox.