Some cool Education Windows 8 Apps for Kids… and How to Rate Apps in Windows 8

From the looks at the lines at BestBuy and the Microsoft Store… and the sold-out status of just about all of the Surfaces (Surface/Surface 2/Surface Pro/Surface Pro 2)… and the number of Dell Venue 8 Pros I’ve seen purchased (including mine… which I LOVE… and would use more if I could ever get it away…

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Hour of Code – Why Computer Science Education Matters

This week we celebrate Computer Science Education Week, and many people will also be participating in Code.org’s “Hour of Code.”  I’ve been an advocate of Computer Science education for years as a Technology Evangelist for Microsoft, as a volunteer in an AP Computer Science class, and as a parent of three children.  Despite all of…

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My time in the High School Computer Science

I had the opportunity to support one of the local Loudoun County High Schools this year by volunteering to assist in AP Computer Science as part of the TEALS program (www.tealsk12.org).  TEALS provides volunteers who can teach an entire computer science class for schools that do not have access to trained educators, and also provides…

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Thoughts on the TEALS High School Computer Science Field Trip

I had the good fortune on Friday to kick off the TEALS Computer Science Field Trip at AOL’s Northern Virginia campus, which hosted 200 students from seven local high schools.  It was a great day, led by remarks from James LaPlaine, AOL’s VP of Technology Operations (and me).  The event consisted of several sessions where…

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