Interesting Links 16 January 2012

Sorry this is late today. Not a good weekend or morning either. Should be close to 100% for the workshops I am presenting in Vermont on Wednesday and Thursday though. More of what I did last week (Teaching Teachers and Students Together) This week Ed Donahue is joining me for an Expression Web workshops. Should…

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Teaching Teachers and Students Together

The other day Chris Bowen (that’s Chris working with students below) and I gave a Kodu workshop for a group of students and teachers in Vermont. This was a train the trainer sort of work shop and the students will be acting as peer tutors as part of after school programs in their local schools….

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Microsoft Stores Thrilled to Become FIRST Sponsors!

In an exciting new partnership, Microsoft Stores across the country are teaming up with FIRST robotics teams to provide Kinect hardware and software development kits along with technical support. “It just seemed like a perfect fit,” explained Steph Ramsey, a Community Development Specialist at the Mission Viejo, CA Microsoft store. “We are thrilled to be…

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Interesting Links 9 January 2012

Wow! What a weekend I had. Microsoft was pretty involved with the kick off of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. We gave each of the 2,200 or so teams a Kinect to use to control their robots. I was able to attend some of the kickoff events including presenting a workshop on Kinect for FRC…

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Kinect for FRC 2012

Tomorrow is the official kickoff for the FIRST Robotics Competition. One of the things that means is that today is a day of workshops at FIRST Place in Manchester NH. I started my day here by presenting a 45 minute workshop on how the Kinect is used with FRC robots this year. There were some…

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CS & IT 2012–Participate Actively!

Back in the end of November I posted the call for proposals for the 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference. Did you see it? Have you been thinking about a proposal? have you submitted a proposal yet? The deadline is rapidly approaching (January 31st 2012 is the deadline) So you  still have time…

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Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition

Registration for the Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition is now open. Bliink (http://bit.ly/Bliink) is open to Illinois students ages 13-19 participating in teams of two to four. This year’s competition is co-sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Technology Association, and the Chicago Public Schools. We hope educators will include Bliink in their…

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Computer Science Orphans

I had a conversation with one one of the senior managers of the FIRST Lego League challenge. FIRST Lego League or FLL is a robot related competition for students in grades four through eight. I mentioned that I had been to the Maine State FLL championship  recently (Creating Engineers One Student At A Time) and…

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Interesting Links 02 January 2012

Happy New Year! My best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to all my readers. Today is technically the last day of y vacation. Back to a full day’s work tomorrow. I did spend some time over the weekend putting this together though. A lot happened over the holiday week just past….

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