Keeping it real

Lee Kolbert wrote a blog post (Dear Will Richardson ) that I see as a real call to action for those of us who promote ourselves as experts working to help teachers do their jobs better. The basic suggestion is that those of us who have been out of the classroom for 5 to 10…


Recognizing Teachers Who Recruit Women and Girls into STEM

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has opened nominations for the A. Richard Newton Educator Award to recognize educators who engage in new, innovative and successful practices and programs to attract more women and girls into STEM fields.  I really believe that finding, highlighting and rewarding educators for these sorts of activities is…

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What Do Magic and Computer Science Have in Common?

Industrial Light and Magic has got to be one of the coolest company names I have ever heard. It doesn’t hurt that what they do is also pretty darn cool. The Computer Science Teachers Association just announced that Alex Suter, Research & Development Engineer for Industrial Light & Magic will be the closing keynote at…


dream.build.play reminder

The dream.build.play challenge is still wide open for people looking to take their Windows Phone or Xbox 360 game to the next level and win some big prizes. Create a Game & Bring Your Ideas to Life It’s time for the Dream.Build.Play Challenge! Open to anyone over age 14, the playing field now includes both…


Interesting Links Post 9 April 2012

I need a favor. A small favor. I need people to click this link and go vote for the Imagine Cup People’s Choice awards. Yes I am trying to get more people to use my link to get to the voting site so I can win a prize. Evil I know. BUT what I’d also…


Learn The Cloud. Make A Difference. @home with Windows Azure

How does learning about cloud computing while contributing to scientific research sound to you? Join us for @home with Windows Azure to get a solid understanding of the Windows Azure platform while giving back to a very deserving cause. What is @home with Windows Azure? Microsoft provides a 90-day free trial of Windows Azure where…


Have You Joined Microsoft Partners in Learning?

This is one of those announcements that hits my inbox that is for all teachers in K-12. Partners in Learning is a community of educators of all subjects and age groups. Something here for everyone. Microsoft Partners in Learning would like to invite you to join the new ‘Partners in Learning Network’ – a worldwide…


Women In Computer Science–What Happened?

Years ago, when I was a student at Taylor University (in what is now the Taylor Computer Science and Engineering department)  there were more women in computer science than there are today. The women did as well as the men under what I would call some challenges. Specifically they had a curfew (this was a…

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2012 US Imagine Cup People’s Choice Voting

The voting is now open for the US Imagine Cup People’s Choice award. You can visit the web site on Facebook and view profiles of the 22 teams who are attending the US Finals and select your favorite. All the teams are great and or course made their way through a rigorous selection process. We…

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DigiGirlz Cambridge MA

Last Friday Microsoft NERD (New England Research and Development Center) was pleased to host DigiGirlz Day for close to 300 high school girls from around Massachusetts and New Hampshire. About DigiGirlz Day During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an…