Interesting Links 30 April 2012

Home again! A lot of traveling the last two weeks but I’ll be home for a while now. I had a great time at the FIRST Robotics Championship talking to students who did some interesting things with the Kinect. Before that the Imagine Cup finals and before that a couple of days in New York…

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Fun is to Entertainment as Education is to Training

How often have you heard a teacher say something to the effect that their job is not to entertain? My guess is pretty often. I know I have heard it a lot. Teachers jobs are to educate. What bothers me though is that learning should be fun! I just love to learn. That is why…

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Young People Doing Exciting Things

This has been an inspiring week for me. Last weekend though Monday I was in Redmond for the US Imagine Cup. Great projects. Today I am at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St Louis. And I’m seeing some amazing things here already. For example imagine a robot arm controlled by leg movements? Robotics Advancing…

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US Imagine Cup Winners 2012

The 2012 Imagine Cup is now history for most teams. A few are still involved as they are on their way to Sydney Australia for the world wide finals this July. So far that includes FlashFood who will be representing the US in the Software design invitational. Congratulations to them. We know they will represent…

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Interesting Links 23 April 2012

I’ve been in Redmond WA at Microsoft’s headquarters since last Friday for the US Finals of the Imagine Cup. The picture on the left is me with team Digital Infinity, the one high school team competing with university  students. (You can still vote for them in the People’s Choice voting until May 15th.  besides on…

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Computer Science Across the Curriculum

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Seung Yu, the principal of the new Academy for Software Engineering, a new software/computer science focused school opening in New York City this fall. We had a great discussion about the school, its goals and how Microsoft might work with them. It’s an exciting idea – a…

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Round 1 Finalists for 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum

The big news for me yesterday was at Finalists Announced for Round 1 of the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum. I attended this event as a judge last year and learned an incredible amount from these amazing teachers. This first round announced 44 teachers representing 32 projects from across 15 states. Applications are…

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Better Learning Through Movement

And fun as well. Recently a co-worker sent me a link to some videos that were done by the Houston Independent School District about the pilot program they are running in several elementary schools. These schools are using video games involving the Kinect Sensor to help teach. And not just physical education which is sort…

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Plagiarism v. Learning

The SIGCSE mailing list has been having a very active discussion of plagiarism in computer science classes of late. These discussions seem to recur with disappointing regularity. If not in the SIGCSE list they show up on the APCS mailing list. These discussions tend to follow some very predictable paths. They start with attempts at…

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Interesting Links 16 April 2012

Later this week I head out to Redmond Washington to take part in the US finals of the Imagine Cup. We have 22 teams coming out there for the event. Twenty one of these teams are from colleges and universities but one of them is from Springbrook high school. This high school team has been…

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