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…


Try Kinect at your K-12 School

  Capturing students’ interest and making concepts come alive is an educator’s greatest challenge!  Kinect™ for Xbox 360® can help get students engaged and inspired with immersive experiences.     è Try Kinect at your K-12 School   The Kinect Trial Program gives K-12 institutions the opportunity to try Kinect™ for Xbox 360® at no…


Recursion First

I’ve long had mixed feelings about recursion. (I’ve written about recursion several times in this blog.) In one post, Recursion Early, Recursion Late, I wrote about the suggestion that recursion be dropped from a first programming or computer science course. In another post I asked if it should be added to a list of Four…


Interesting Links 13 August 2012

Well it’s the middle of my vacation. Mostly I’m avoiding the Internet and email. Mostly. I’m not all that good at this vacation thing. In any case I do have a few links to share with you. A teacher friend of mine, Peter Vogel, shared this interesting article with me recently.  Is it Time to…


Public Sector TechBytes Series

          Register Today ! Select a date below to register online or call 1-877-MSEVENT Nationwide Events The team is also hosting a series of Windows 8 DevCamps across the nation. Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity that combines the broad reach of Windows, our best in class developer tools and…


2012 Microsoft US Forum Wrap Up

I missed out on most of the US Forum this year but as I said on Monday () I was able to attend the gala that finished out the event with the award ceremony. I wanted to link to more information provided by people who were there for the whole event though. This picture below…


You’re invited to a Windows 8 DevCamp in city near you

      Seating is limited. Select a date below to register online or call 1-877-MSEVENT Location   DevCamp  Tampa, FL 8/8     Tallahassee, FL 8/10     Harrisburg, PA 8/14     Albany, NY 8/16     Sacramento, CA 8/23     Chevy Chase, MD 8/28     Reston, VA 8/30     Olympia,…


Kodu: Mars Edition

Did you follow the landing of the latest Mars rover – Curiosity? Well if you did or even if you just know a bunch of space crazy students the latest version of Kodu is for you. Last week Microsoft announced  (and launched) Kodu:Mars Edition. Download it at . Some of the new features: New…