Stephen Downes on EduBlogs

There are a couple of reasons to link to this post by Stephen Downes. The best reason is because he has a wonderful list of very worthwhile blogs and blog posts there. Now you could say I am biased because he lists this blog but in all honesty I’d link to it even if I…


XNA Game Studio Express 2.0 Is Out

Over at the XNA blog they have announced that XNA Game Studio Express version 2.0 has now been released. Full information and links to the download may be found here. Unlike the beta the released version allows PCs and Xbox 360s to communicate over the network. There are other changes and enhancements as well but…


Popfly Goes to School

Popfly is a very easy to use and yet powerful mashup tool for non-professional developers. It’s really a lot of fun to use and lets amateurs create some really interesting combinations of data and displays. Professor Mark Frydenberg of Bentley College teaches technology to business students. One of the things he does very effectively is…

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Robotics and .NET Fundamentals Series

Sometimes it really pays to have smart friends and let them figure things out for you even if you don’t really plan it that way. Early this week a received a brand new robot in the mail. I’ve been waiting for it for a while. The problem of course is that it came at a…

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Tandy Trower on Microsoft and Robotics

Tandy Trower is the General Manager of the Microsoft Robotics Group. A 26-year veteran of the company Tandy was hand picked by Bill Gates to get Microsoft serious about robotics. His is the team that created the Microsoft Robotics Studio. Recently Tandy was interviewed by the Laboratory of Intelligent System in Switzerland. In this interview,…


Torque X 3D for Education Boot Camp

Torque X is an extremely powerful game development tool (built on Microsoft’s  XNA) from GarageGames. Garage Games is running a special edition of their Torque X Boot Camps specifically designed for educators. It’s coming in January and will be hosted by the Guildhall at SMU (one of the premier university game development programs in the…


Inspiring Teachers Inspired Students

I visited a high school last week. This is not atypical for me of course. I visit high schools on a pretty regular basis. In this case I was taking advantage of being in Texas for some training to visit Allen High School (Go Eagles!) in Allen Texas. Bryan Baker teaches computer science there and…

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There is a problem, a technical problem, that I hear about from teachers from time to time. I’ve passed along a couple of solutions to it by email but it occurred to me that posting the issue and the possible solutions here might make it easier for people to find it. I’d also like to…


Max Builds a PC

My friend Max is building a PC from parts. Over at Channel 8 (First post in the series here) he’s looking for recommendations and suggestions about parts. Looks like a good conversation is taking place already but there is always room for more. Oh by the way did I mention that he’s going to give…


How Do I – Videos

I found out about a bunch of new videos that show how to do different things with different Microsoft development products. They all run between 10 and 15 minutes and focus on specific tasks. They are adding new videos every week so you may even want to subscribe to the RSS feed. What topics/tools do…