Home again after a week in Texas! Had a great time in Texas both at the TCEA conference and the steering committee meeting for the CS 2013 project. All in all I talked to a lot of people, learned a lot and still managed to get a lot done. Among the things I got done was collecting a lot of links to share with you all. Especially important are a couple of reminders.
Game Design storyboards for the Imagine Cup are due tomorrow. Wow! How did that happen? Be sure to check out Randy Guthrie’s a long information packed post about Key Imagine Cup 2012 Dates Approaching While some deadlines are 14 February some are in early March. Be sure you don’t miss anything.
Speaking of not missing things - Rob Miles (@RobMiles) blogged about the Kinect Fun Labs at Imagine Cup which also has a deadline coming up. If you know students working with Kinect be sure to let them know about this. Especially let them know that 100 teams get a Kinect. Deadline for Team Formation/Registration and submission of your Kinect Fun Labs Challenge project plan is March 6, 2012 23:59 GMT
In a connection between the Imagine Cup and the US Forum that Microsoft Partners in Learning runs for innovative educators check out this post about| South LA educator Kinects with Crenshaw High students One of last year’s recognized teachers is working on this year’s forum with students working on the Kinect.
If you are an innovative teacher Are You Applying for the 2012 US Forum? Check out this video on Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 Forum. Why Apply? And as you look into this year’s US Forum it is nice to look back on last year's finalists.
The big news from the Kodu team (@koduteam) last week was young Hannah‘s visit to the White House as part of the White House Science Fair. You can watch this video and hear the President ask her "So you want to be a game developer?" Hannah had the chance to show the President her Kodu game that won her the Kodu Cup last year. Very cool.
Now a couple of blog posts by other people that I want to recommend.
- High school computing in the US is like the developing world by Mark Guzdial ( @guzdial) of Georgia Tech. He talks about the problems that many schools have installing tools and software for teaching Computer Science.
- Programming for All Students post by Melanie Wiscount (@mwiscount)
- Wanted: Young women to work in high-tech sector in the Financial Post
.By the way, if you are a Twitter user you may want to look at my list of computer science teachers on Twitter Please let me know if I am missing someone I should have on that list. And follow me on Twitter @AlfredTwo