Interesting Links 30 July 2012

Over on the left here is a picture of a group of young women who visited Microsoft in Cambridge MA recently as part of Boston University’s Artemis Project. This is one of several groups of young people that we have hosted this summer. It’s great to see kids getting excited about STEM in general and…

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Curriculum is Hard

I’ve been involved in a number of curriculum projects over the years. The big one has been the ACM/IEEE CS 2013 task force that is making recommendations on undergraduate computer science curriculum. (The CS2013 Strawman draft is now available here. ) I am so glad there are so many really smart and knowledgeable people on…

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Virtual Windows 8 Hands-on-Labs

Ready to learn how to develop for Windows 8? Well perhaps not quite ready for a dedicated machine or concerned about complicated set-up? Well in those cases the new Virtual Windows 8 hands-on-labs may be just what you need! What are virtual labs?  Microsoft Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft’s newest…

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Interesting Links 23 July 2012

I had a great week and a great weekend. Busy weekend with family which is the best way to spend the weekend. I’m late with today’s posts though but hopefully you’ll all forgive me. The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit has put many of the talks from last week online. It’s not all heavy technology. Social…

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New Curriculum Resources for App Development on Windows 8

Most of what I post about is specifically for K-12 computer science education but I recently received the following about some curriculum designed for university level students. Still my experience tells me two things. One is that I do have a good number of university lever readers. And two there are teachers and schools and…

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2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit Day Two

Rick Rashid who created and runs Microsoft Research gave the opening keynote for day two. I found it interesting that when they started Microsoft Research they had a hard time recruiting top researchers. Twenty years ago Microsoft was still a relatively small company and there were doubts in some people’s minds that MSR (or even…

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2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit Day One

Oh what a day! I’m at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond WA this week. This is a big event for Microsoft Research with over 400 faculty from around the world hear for two days of presentations, demos, and lot and lots of conversations. We started off with a keynote by…

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Interesting Links 16 July 2012

The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit starts today (about noon eastern US time) Much of it will be streamed at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/events/fs2012/virtualfacultysummit.aspx This is a first for the conference. I’m going to be there and blogging and Tweeting what I find interesting. You can also follow the activity from the MSR Faculty summit using the ‪#FacSumm‬ hashtag…

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Post CS & IT 2012 Thoughts

The first part of this week was spent in Irvine CA for the 2012 CS & IT Conference. It’s amazing how this event just gets better and better every year. I only wish more computer science teachers could make it there. Being in California we had a lot of teachers from that state but not…

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Tip Calculator Hands On Lab for Windows Phone

This is the basic instructions for the demo I did as part of the Mobile App Development throwdown at the CS & IT Conference July 10th, 2012, Open Visual Studio (you can get it as part of the Windows Phone SDK) and create a new project. Be sure to select Visual C# as the language,…

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