Cool new features for BBC Micro:bit with TouchDevelop

  A new in-browser compiler The compilation from the script to the ARM machine code is now done entirely in the browser thanks to the ARM thumb assembler written by Michał Moskal (read the in depth story about building the compiler). The new compiler is used by the Block Editor, Touch Develop and Code Kingdoms…

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Labs Scenarios for Machine Learning, Web Development and Mobile Game Development all with a Microsoft DreamSpark Azure Account

  The challenge of most survey information systems courses taught in the College of Business is that the hands-on projects tend to teach Microsoft Office skills rather than give insights into IT careers.  This might be why CIS, MIS and IS departments still struggle to recruit students to the major despite a very robust job…

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BBC Micro:Bit

  There has been a lot of information and discussion over the past few days at Microsoft Future decoded about the BBC Micro:Bit. So what is the BBC micro:bit The BBC describe the micro:bit as a pocket-sized, codable computer that allows children to get creative with technology. Made possible through a major partnership with 28…

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Coding curriculum for beginners and educators

Microsoft has released a new computer science curriculum designed for teens who may not have expressed much interest in computer programming – and teachers who don’t necessarily have any background in the field, either. The curriculum, called Creative Coding Through Games And Apps, is available for free to any educator who wants to use it….

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Imagine Cup 2015 and Break into Code Results

  This week we have lots of updates regarding the Imagine Cup 2015 Announcing a celebrity judge for the Imagine Cup World Championship, two brand new World Finals awards, and the grand finale Imagine Cup Ability Award – including a week long boot camp in Redmond Imagine Cup Peoples Choice Award – chosen by Microsoft…

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Break into Code challenge $3000 competition for 9–18 year olds using Touchdevelop.com

Break Into Code! We want to give all students  the opportunity to learn coding, so why not get started today with www.Touchdevelop.com and have a chance of winning $3000 Microsoft Imagine introduces the Break Into Code challenge as a beginner level challenge that will get students excited about coding even if they don’t have any…

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New Digital Literacy course teaches coding basics with TouchDevelop

  “Build Your First App” – a free two-hour eCourse – launched today at www.microsoft.com/digitalliteracy this is  the newest addition to the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum. The course is a collaboration among Microsoft Learning experiences, Microsoft Research, and Microsoft YouthSpark. Students start on a path to learning computer science and are inspired to use Microsoft…

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Computer Science “touching” on the Hour of Code

So last week I took part in the hour code to teach computer science basics to every student, CSEdWeek is a an event which runs from December 9 to 15. Code.org, a new non-profit organization, initiated one of CSEdWeek’s prime events: the “Hour of Code.” The event aimed to introduce 10 million students of all…

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Touch Develop Inspiring the next generation to code – Scheme Of Work for GCSE

In 2012 the Computing in Schools project looked at the current provision of education in Computing in UK schools, the Royal Society report was informed by evidence gathered from individuals and organisations with an interest in computing. Key points of the report include: The current delivery of Computing education in many UK schools is highly…

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TouchDevelop.com Create Apps and Games Anywhere on all devices

Do you remember this? Well now you can do much more… on any device which supports Html5  So what is Touchdevelop.com •Create apps on mobile devices for mobile devices •Create and run apps instantly on any HTML5 enabled device (PC, Laptop, Phone, Tablet) •Requires HTML5 Web browsers (IE10, Chrome, Safari on iOS) •Windows Phone =…

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