Computer Controversies For Fun and Discussion

I love a good discussion. Pros and cons and honest and hopefully friendly discussion of issue with different opinions make for good learning experiences. One of the things I would like to do should I ever get a full-time advanced computer science course is to ask students to study some controversial topics in computer science…


Cloud Fundamentals Video Series

The Trustworthy Computing group has been recording a series on Cloud computing fundamentals. The series (some 25 videos) wraps up this week with a series finale. There are a lot of issues with cloud computing including privacy, transparency, security, and more. These videos capture industry leaders talking about these issues and providing some great information…


Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics

I ran into these Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics created by the Computer Ethics Institute while looking for something completely different. Isn’t that so often the case? I like them. I think they are useful guidelines that are worth thinking about and discussing. Ethics can be complicated though. Some complain that these rules are too…


Useful Download Links for Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development

Part of my job is to help people find valuable resources. I especially like it when they are free. Free is good. These links are for students, faculty and professional (or non professional) developer.  Please check these links out, visit the websites, find what looks interesting and download the tools. VS Express 2012 RC for…


Interesting Links 27 August 2012

Back to school hit home today as my wife went back to school for the first day of teachers. Kids come back the day after Labor Day so it is professional development and getting ready this week. We try and get all the summer we can up here in New England. I know that a…


NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing 2012

One of the ways that one can help young women with an interest in computing and related fields is to provide recognition for the world they have already been doing. One of the great programs in this regard is the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Along with the NCWIT awards listed below, a number…


Quantity Is Not Enough

There is often a focus on quantity in our society. Let’s get more apps! Lets get more students taking the AP course! Lets get more [you name it]? Unfortunately this focus on quantity sometimes means that quality takes a back seat. I mean really how many fart apps do you need for your smart phone?…


Online Coding Exercises For Programming Education

Well it is that time of year again – back to school. On the SIGCSE mailing list are a couple of reminders about online exercise tools for a variety of programming langauges.. A few old timers and at least one big new name. I thought it would be worthwhile to list a few of what…


Interesting Links 20 August 2012

Back from vacation and trying to catch up with things. I had over 450 unread email messages in spite of doing some triage over the vacation so if I haven’t gotten back to you yet I will soon. I did collect a few links to share for you during the course of the week though….


How To Read Code

We don’t teach students how to read code. Actually we don’t event teach them that they should read code for the most part. The closest we get is sample code in textbooks, demos, and for AP CS teachers the case study. Even there I think we could do more. One of the great learning experiences…