Microsoft Free Tools for Teachers

Every so often I do a talk on various free software tools that Microsoft has available for teachers. The other day I did one such talk at the Mass CUE conference. In preparation I made a handout that listed the resources I talked about and then a bunch more. I thought that this might be…

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An Exploratory Computer Science Course

One of the great things I get to do these days is to participate in advisory boards for Programming and Web Development programs at some local career/technical high schools. The other night is was at Greater Lowell Tech and they were telling us about their new exploratory course. The way things work at their school…

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Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge

Imagine Cup 2011 is the premier student technology competition. Inspired by the UN Millennium Development Goals, Imagine Cup encourages students to help ‘solve the world’s toughest problems’ using technology. The IT Challenge is about preparing students for careers in IT – skilling you in interpreting customer needs and managing configurations that require an in intimate…

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Welcoming Andrew Parsons to the US Academic Team

The latest person to join the US Academic Developer Evangelist team is Andrew Parsons. Andrew is moving from the other side of the world (Australia) to work with colleges and universities around the New York City area. He’s been doing that sort of thin Down Under for several years and we’re all pretty excited to…

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Interesting Links 25 October 2010

Busy week last week but than most weeks are. Also a long week since I was working a booth at the New Hampshire Tech Fest on Saturday. That was a good day though. (Read about Microsoft at NH Tech Fest here). I had a great time demoing software for a lot of kids from elementary…

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New Hampshire TechFest 2010

I spent most of Saturday at the New Hampshire TechFest at Windham High School. NH Tech Fest is a Satellite Event of the USA Science and Engineering Festival  which was running concurrently on the Mall in Washington, D.C. I understand that Microsoft ad an even larger presence in DC but I was happy to be…

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Computer Class or Computer Science Class

There is much too much confusion about the difference between a “computer course” and a “computer science course” in education discussions. This is not a new problem of course. Several years ago the NCAA announced that computer courses would not count in the core courses that students have to complete for academic eligibility to play…

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President Obama Recognizes Science Superstars

Earlier this week President Obama hosted the winners of a number of major STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competitions. Two of the students who were invited to the White House for this event were Wilson To and Christian Hood (who won while still in high school!) who have been winners in the Imagine Cup…

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Finding a Place For Computer Science Education

While I spend a lot of time, some of it laying awake at night, thinking about the state of pre-collegiate computer science education it seems like many more people are thinking about it lately. We can argue that everyone needs computer science education (Why Johnny Can’t Program: A New Medium Requires A New Literacy) or…

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Introducing the Microsoft US Academic Bloggers

I’m part of a group of people at Microsoft who work with academics all across the country. A number of them have active blogs and I thought this might be a good time to introduce them to others. For each blogger I have their name which is hot linked to their blog, a picture, and…

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