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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Imagine Cup teams on their way to the White House!

For those who aren’t already in “the know” (which usually includes me), there is a Science and Engineering Festival in DC going on in DC (http://www.usasciencefestival.org/ – it started on 10/10 and goes to 10/24). This week commences with a science fair that is being held at the White House.  Yes, THE White House.  Capital…

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Students see the forest through the tweets - the US Imagine Cup Finals

I’ve openly lamented about the challenges that the U.S. faces with the decline in technical student enrollment and what I have perceived as a lack of enthusiasm for technical jobs among American students.  To be competitive into the future, we need graduates with strong technical skills and a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit… and, unfortunately, the macro…

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US Imagine Cup: People's Choice - voting ends April 24 at midnight PST. Vote for your favorite Student application now!

For those who haven’t heard of Imagine Cup – it’s a Worldwide software development competition for students.  We’re holding the US Finals in Washington DC this weekend – where the best of the best (the final 10) will be judged to determine the US winner.  Good luck to everyone! There’s also a “People’s Choice” award…

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Podcast Interview: Kids, Social Computing, and Education

I just completed an interview with Ross Kasun, Asst. Superintendent of Summit Schools (and incidental brother), on the topic of social computing and the effect on children and learning.  I was the interviewee… was lots of fun (most fun was trying to get Ross to pronounce my title “technical evangelist” correctly…). Runs about 10 minutes……

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A Vision of Students Today

This video was sent to me by Dave Isbitski (http://blogs.msdn.com/davedev) a while ago, and I think it does a good job of demonstrating how students (and other 1985-ers) are speaking a different language than the rest of us.   For more context, read my first blog here. If we intend to reach them (either as educators…

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