The big thing going on last week was the Microsoft WorldWide Innovative Educators forum in South Africa. I didn’t get to go but a number of people I know did get to go. Vicki Davis (@CoolCatTeacher on Twitter) was there and live tweeting and blogging. Pat Yongpradit, a great young computer science teacher, was there as well. More on that in a moment but first there is some Imagine Cup news that I want to make sure you see.
First off the latest test for the Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge – an online competition for students is tonight -
Register at http://bit.ly/ICRegister for the IT Challenge to take the 60 minute online quiz at your convenience during the 24-hour open period per the following schedule
Round 1 Quiz Dates
November 1, 2010
Nov 1, 8pm to
Nov 2, 8pm
Nov 1, 7pm to
Nov 2, 7pm
Nov 1, 6pm to
Nov 2, 6pm
Nov 1, 5pm to
Nov 2, 5pm
Also there are a new Core Competition and two new Challenges to announce:
Windows Phone 7 Competition – Students will have the chance to be one of the first developers to be building XAP Applications for Windows Phone 7. Students are challenged to create an XAP Application that not only will help solve the world’s toughest problems, but people will love having on their Windows Phone.
Interoperability Challenge – Students will use their skills to build technical bridges, blend technologies, and connect people, data and diverse systems in new ways. Using out-of-the-box Microsoft technologies and technology from different vendors, including free and open source software, students are challenged to bring it all together in one groundbreaking application.
Orchard Challenge – Changing the world - one website at a time. Students will be one of the first to use a new CMS platform to create an indispensible module that everyone needs, such as a shopping cart and checkout system, video gallery, maps and geolocation services, or social interactivity.
If you are interested in the Windows Phone 7 Challenge or just Windows Phone 7 Development download your free eBook copy of "Programming Windows Phone 7" and get started now.
Now for a collection of links about the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Educators Forum:
- @Microsoft welcomes teachers to the Worldwide IEF event in Cape Town, South Africa
- @Microsoft announces 2010 Worldwide Innovative Teacher Awards
- Samuel Avornyo from Ghana is the winner of Worldwide IEF award in community category
- Arabic Region teachers win Educator’s Choice Award at WW IEF in Cape Town, SA
- Pat Yongpradit from USA is the winner of Worldwide IEF award in content category
- RT @Microsoft_EDU: Linda Zecher keynote “It’s not about what they learn, it’s about that they want to learn” #MSIEF
- Microsoft VP Anthony Salcito: Getting Technology to the Next Classroom – a Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher interview
- Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher uploaded a YouTube video -- Inspiring South African Teacher who Makes No Excuses
- Student Sourcing Science: Shout Learning at Microsoft Innovative Educators Conference blog post by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
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Found via the CACM blog and their Twitter account (@blogCACM) Wall St Journal, engineering and computer science pay more than liberal arts. Is anyone really surprised? You may have students who are though.