Microsoft at SIGCSE 2012

For the first time in several years I am not attending SIGCSE this week. I’m really missing it as so many of my friends will be there. But no use crying over what could have been. Even though I am not there the Microsoft presence is going to be awesome. I wanted to highlight some…

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How Young Can/Should You Start Teaching Programming?

Or perhaps how young should you try? And to top if off, why do you want to start them so young in the first place? I received the following from a teacher friend of mine the other day and it has had me thinking ever since. Can you please tell me why anyone thinks it…

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One week left to enter the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge!

I know that here and there you might have some really great Kinect game or app ideas at your schools. If they haven’t already entered the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge, please encourage them to do so before March 6th! Round 1 is super easy – it’s a simple one-pager that represents a concept design –…

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Interesting Links 27 February 2012

The highlight of this past week for me was taking part in the CSTA CS & IT conference program committee meeting. The agenda should be available soon once some final details get nailed down and I’ll blog about that when it happens. Suffice it to say it looks to me like this well be an…

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Tutorials, Projects and Problem Solving

Another recent confluence of posts on similar topics (list below) has caused me to spend some time thinking. And sooner or later I have to think though my fingers and get my thoughts out in a blog post. So here goes. Problem solving is one of those critical things for computer science students. Some people…

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Next Round Of Imagine Cup Deadlines Coming Up

The Imagine Cup series of competitions has a new round of deadlines coming up over the next two weeks. The good news is that the barriers to entry in most of these is low enough that students still have time to get their act together and enter. The Kinect Fun Labs Challenge and the Windows…

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Big Brother Knows More Than You Think

And by Big Brother I don’t mean the government. No, I mean the companies you do business with. If you want to get mildly freaked out (or majorly league freaked out depending on your nature) read this article in Forbes How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did. Oh and…

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Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum–Reminder

I know I keep blogging about this event but it really is a great event and I really hope many of you apply for this wonderful opportunity to showcase your work with innovations in teaching CS and technology. It is one of the most exciting teacher competitions ever! Check it out! A cool trip and…

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ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 – Strawman draft

Over the weekend, the ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 committee (of which I am a member) released the first public from this effort. (The announcement follows my comments). The Strawman draft is not a complete document as some additions, most importantly exemplar curriculums, are yet to be made. It is however ready for public comments…

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Interesting Links 20 February 2012

Happy President’s Day! Not a day off for me but still a good day. Hope you are all off to a good start as well. I think I have some good links to share today. So without wasting any more time have a look at the links below. Want to Get and Keep a Job…Coding…

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