Projects for a Programming Course

At their best teacher blogs are full of information and idea sharing that benefits other teachers. For teachers of computer science or computer programming one of the most useful things teachers do is to share projects. A good project engages students while at the same time enforcing important concepts that have been covered in class….

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Use Your Wii Controller To Fly Through Virtual Earth

Now I love Virtual Earth and I especially enjoy using my Xbox 360 controller to fly around, zoom in and out and otherwise travel though the three dimensional maps. Its all so much better than using the mouse or arrow keys. Virtual Earth supports the Xbox 360 controller “out of the box” which is great…

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Updates on Beginning Programming Languages

I would imagine that a lot of people are looking for interesting things to do with brand new computers this week. Some people are (I hope) looking for ways to teach young people about programming. Or perhaps you are looking for your self regardless of your age. Well it seems like this is also a…

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Fixing the AP CS Curriculum

So as you read this it is a day or two after Christmas. You may still be full from Christmas dinner and you just want to take it easy. Or it may be that you don’t celebrate Christmas and you are struggling to find interesting content to read on the Internet. Well just for you…

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! Froehliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr! Kellemes Karacsonyiunnepeket & Boldog Új Évet Selamat Hari Natal Linksmu Kaledu ir laimingu Nauju metu Kung His…

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Higher Algebra with Visual Basic

Here’s something for the math teachers. And the people who are teaching computer science but who would really rather be teaching math. Or perhaps the people who just want to learn how to do some really mathematical things in a computer program. Brian Beckman is a physicist and computer scientist who works on programming language…

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Office 2007 Tips and Tricks

Hilary Pike has a nice set of videos on her favorite features in Microsoft Office 2007. She starts off with one of my personal favorites – the citation and bibliography tool in Word 2007. She also demos the Equation editor and Math Add-in (about which I have blogged before) as well as new features in…

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A Simple Check Digit Project

[Note: is this is interesting to you then this page at CS Unplugged is a must read for extra ideas and resources.]  I’ve been thinking for a while that I hadn’t played with any small projects lately. I like to play with what I would call toy projects that let me play with numbers. The other…

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A Student Blogs About His Imagine Cup Team

Andrew Grapsas is a student at Stevens Institute of Technology who is putting together a team to compete in the game creation invitational of the Imagine Cup competition. Andrew has started blogging about his team and their efforts. The Imagine Cup is a huge international competition among college and university students all over the world. The winners…

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Third Annual Microsoft Academic Days Conference on Game Development in Computer Science Education

The last two winters Microsoft and Microsoft Research have partnered to host a conference on game development in computer science education. Between the high quality of academic papers and the support through attendance and participation of commercial game development and game tool creating companies this has quickly become one of the most anticipated conferences of…

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