Interesting Links–25 June 2012

Well I am not at ISTE this year. Sorry to miss it but in the long run it worked out as I am taking care of some important family stuff this week. If you are there I hope you will say hi to any Microsoft people you run into.  But Monday is for Interesting Links…

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Computer Science in the Common Core–Speak Up

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I really believe that we need more computer science in education long before university. The only national influence on getting any computer science often seems to be the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam though. Good (or bad) as that may be it only effects a small number…

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Thinking About Next School Year

As the rolling schedule of school year openings and closings continues it looks like school is just about done everywhere in the US this week. Today is the last day with students at the school my wife teaches at. It seems like most of the local schools finished this week already. Of course in parts…

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Studio K – Program to make Kodu Curriculum and Tools more accessible in Classrooms

The other day the Kodu team announced Studio K. What is Studio K you ask?  In my opinion it’s the biggest curriculum, teaching and overall educational news about Kodu since Kodu was announced. From the announcement on the Kodu blog: Collaborating with Microsoft and the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Foundation, the Educational Research group at…

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Interesting Links 18 June 2012

Some of you may remember that I was nominated for the  Top 30 Fascinating Technology Teacher blog voting. I came in at number 7. Thanks to all of you who voted for me. Over at the CS Principles @ North blog is a nice post about  ‘Who can teach CS Principles?’ that those of you…

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Why I Love Windows Live Mesh

It could be argued that I have too many computers. There is my cool demo machine – Samsung 9. There is my backup machine. There is my Windows 8 machine (which I am using more and more and which I may upgrade my demo machine to real soon now). And there is my personally owned…

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Microsoft Store Summer Camps are Now Open for Registration!

Microsoft Store Summer Camps are Now Open for Registration! Our 2012 Summer Camps are first come, first served. Don’t wait to register your child for one of these four hands-on camps. Go to www.microsoftstore.com/summercamps, select your location, and register for one of our four camps!   *The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of…

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My IT Department Will Not Let Me

Today on Facebook Gary Stager posted a rant of a status update: Here’s a novel idea. Don’t send teachers to computing PD with laptops on which they are banned from installing software. Teachers are neither imbeciles or felons and they do not work for the IT staff. The IT staff works for the teachers. This…

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Latest Curriculum Resources at the Faculty Connection

The latest Microsoft Faculty Connection Newsletter came yesterday. I thought it might be useful to highlight some of the news from this issue here. The Faculty Connection Newsletter highlights new curriculum resources and other useful educational content for use in the classroom. If this newsletter was forwarded to you, please subscribe today and receive a…

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Big Projects!

Last night I visited Londonderry (NH) High School to see some of their student’s senior projects. I met a student from this school at the FIRST Robotics Championship earlier this year and was told about his team’s  project to create a virtual tour of the school. This school is not far from me and in…

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