What Are You Learning This Summer

No, really! Are you making your summer plans yet and do they include learning time? I have some ideas for you. First off is CS & IT run by CSTA. This is in my opinion the single best day of professional development of the year for computer science teachers. Great sessions. Great networking. Lots to…

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The Language is NOT the Important Thing

Invariably when anyone posts about “the right” programming language to use in a first course a lot of discussion ensues. People are notoriously opinionated about this topic. I am not exempt from this and I admit that I have fallen into this trap in the past. But as I talk to people, read peoples thoughts…

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Trip Report – Summit (NJ) Schools

Last week I took a trip down to Summit High School to take part in a teacher workshop day. There were about 200 teachers from the high school and middle school there. The day was dedicated to new media with a bunch of workshops on blogging, wikis, Skype and other Web 2.0 tools. most of…


More on the GDCSE Conference

So I’m still way behind on blogging to say nothing of my email. I spent the last day as a vacation day with my father who I don’t see often enough. I’ve also been fixing his computer, showing how to use his new GPS device, and setting up his DVD player. It’s been time well…


Update on Summer 2008 Alice & Media Computation Workshops

Barbara Conover, Project Manager, Center for Visualization (Alice Grants) sent me the following information about Alice and Media Computation workshops being run this coming summer. If you are interesting in either Alice or Media Computation as good ways to introduce computer science these workshops are being taught by some of the best and most knowledgeable…