Small Basic 1.0 is here!

Have you been working with Small Basic? If so you probably know that it has officially been pre-release software. Well not it is released software and you can now download Small Basic 1.0.. With the addition of Icelandic (Yes Icelandic) it is now available in 20 different languages. Not only that but a lot of…


CS & IT 2011 Day 2

Wow! The day started off with a bang. Doug Rushkoff, who wrote Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age , was the opening keynote. Agree or disagree with what he says he was a dynamic speaker. I think most of us would have been ok if he had run long. One of…

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CS & IT Conference Day 1 – 2011

This year CSTA is trying a bunch of new things with the CS & IT Conference. First off we added a workshop day on the front end. So yesterday there were a number of three hour workshops. You can see what was offered on the CS & IT agenda. I sat in on Video Game…


A Post BASIC World?

What does is mean to be in a post BASIC world? This is the question that comes to mine when I read about an article titled How are students learning programming in a post-Basic world? I think that for most of the people in the discussion it means that we are no longer in an…

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Home Grown Computer Camp

Michael Scherotter who works for Microsoft decided to run a computer programming day camp in his home for his 9 year old son and 9 of his friends. Taking  on teaching programming to 10-year olds may not be for everyone but from the sound of Michael’s blog posts it sure sounds not only possible but…

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The Credit Card Project

I’m a firm believer that programming projects are best when they are about things that are interesting to students. Money tends to interest them so I have long thought about a project involving credit cards. Aren’t credit cards what a lot of students think on when thinking about buying things? I’m known that were were…

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TCEA 2011 In Review

I’m on my way home from TCEA which is probably the largest regional technology in education conference in the country. As usual it was great to see a lot of old friends and I had some great conversations. Texas is, in some ways, ahead of much of the country in computer science education. But even…

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Does learning have to stop when the last bell rings?

We have this tendency to think that learning at school takes place only between the opening and closing bells of the “regular school day.” Oh we know about after school programs but there is a tendency to think of them as babysitting at worst and remediation at best. Occasionally we have the good sense to…


Interesting Links 22 November 2010

Had an interesting end of the week last week. I visited the Bergen County Academies on Friday and on Saturday I attended a meeting of the Northern New Jersey CSTA Chapter. I was able to visit with some teachers I have known for a while and to meet some new (to me) teachers. All in…


Lines Can Be Fun

Graphics can be a lot of fun for students. Well honestly they are fun  for a lot of adults. Recently I read a blog post by Cate Huston (Experimenting with a Visual, Activity-Based Curriculum) about some totally visual, graphical project based learning she was working on. Leading off was an image that brought back lots…

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