Are You Applying for the 2012 US Forum?

Last summer I attended the US Innovative Education Forum in Redmond and came home quite inspired by the teachers and projects I saw. Dozens of teachers using technology to improve the quality and quantity of learning with their students. Microsoft Partners in Learning is now looking for this year’s crop of interesting, inspiring and innovative…


Interesting Posts 30 January 2012

Wow! January if almost over. Groundhog Day coming up this week. I wonder if these is a fun computing project around Groundhog’s Day? Randomly choose if the groundhog see his shadow and we have an early spring? Or is it an early spring if he doesn’t see his shadow? I’ll have to Bing that.  …


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Inviting ALL EDUCATORS to share their GREAT IDEAS

I love sharing by educators. It is one clear way that I believe we can all make education work better. So this announcement seemed like something I had to share. The NEA Foundation, Microsoft US Partners in Learning Seek Solutions Using Technology to Engage Students in Learning New Challenge to Innovate Query Offers $1,000 Awards…


We Need A Wider Conversation on CS Education

There is an active conversation going on in the UK about computing education. From the Royal Society report (Shut down or restart?: The way forward for computing in UK schools) to Op-ed pieces in newspapers to blogs people are asking “why are we not teaching students more computer science?” I see some of that conversation…


One Option for How to Teach Kodu

I recently ran some workshops to prepare students to be peer mentors and to mentor younger students with Kodu. The method I suggest is to have mentors show students some small steps and then let the students try. The latest version of Kodu has some really nice step by step lessons that students can do…


Interesting Links 23 January 2012

Last week really reminded me of how much I miss being in the classroom. Two all-day workshops with a mix of students and adults. Lots of good learning going on. It was wonderful to see people “getting it” and learning some new things. I need to get in front of more students more often. A…


Time Flies When Learning Is Fun

I did some work workshops with the great people from Digital Wish again this week (see also Teaching Teachers and Students Together) We did a full day workshop on web development using Expression Web using the Heavy Metal Car tutorial workshop from We were able to cram a lot of learning into one day…


Two New Imagine Cup Challenges for 2012

The Imagine Cup just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today two more challenges were announced via the Imagine Cup blog (Microsoft Announces Windows Metro Style App and Kinect Fun Labs Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012). One challenge is specifically for Kinect applications while the other is for Windows Metro Style apps for Windows 8! Kinect…


Software Engineering High School

It sounds like a movie title doesn’t it? Like Super Hero High for geeks. But in this case New York City gets a Software Engineering High School this coming Septembers for real. What’s it going to be like? It looks like Joel Spolsky and other software professionals including involvement from a number of major software…