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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft EduCast: Wonders of 1:1 Learning: How devices can empower and enhance student learning

    Register today for the September 16 th Microsoft EduCast The Wonders of 1:1 Learning: How devices can empower and enhance student learning - September 16th, 8:00 - 9:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time The debut webinar in the 2014-15 Microsoft EduCast series in just one week away! Register today to...
  • Blog Post: Navigating the Crowded Education App Landscape: A Little Help

    In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion of education apps that promise to remake learning for the 21st century. The rise of mobile computing has spawned apps that make math fun and bring reading and storytelling to life. Apps that make collaborating with students in distant classrooms as easy...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating our Global Progress

    Recently, Microsoft announced a major step forward in our ongoing efforts to equip students worldwide with the technology and skills needed to ensure their future success. Although only initially available in the U.S., I’m excited about the potential this represents for students around the world...
  • Blog Post: Building Tomorrow's Workforce Today: A Thoughtful Approach

    At this week’s BETT show In London, I’m among policy-makers, school leaders, and other education innovators, all with a common goal: choosing a long-term technology solution that will maximize limited budgets and learning impacts and do the right thing for students and their communities....
  • Blog Post: How do they know they are interested?

    Or more importantly how do students know that they are NOT interested in computer science? As I mentioned recently I had a conversation with Mike Zamansky from New York’s Stuyvesant High School about his program there. One of the key pieces of that program is a required computer science course for sophomores...
  • Blog Post: 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference.

    The Computer Science Teachers Association runs what I consider the single best and most important professional development events of the year for computer science educators - the Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference . I’m honored and excited  to be on the program committee...
  • Blog Post: So you want to teach computer science?

    A number of years ago after being laid off from a job developing software I went into teaching. I taught a year in a pair of elementary schools and then spent 8 years teaching high school computer science. It was awesome. One day I want to get back into the classroom full-time. Over the years I have...
  • Blog Post: What should the High School CS curriculum look like?

    I get asked questions like this a lot “ can you share how you would construct a 3 year programming sequence, preceded by IC-3 type course, and culminating in AP JAVA. What would be your first two CS courses?” You’d think I’d have a great answer on the tip of my tongue by now. But I don’t. There are lots...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Before Programming

    For most people the first real computer science course is introduction to programming. It may be called something else but effectively what it is is a course that teaches programming. Along the way concepts like encapsulation and abstraction are also taught and, hopefully, learned. The new CS Principles...
  • Blog Post: Round 1 Finalists for 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum

    The big news for me yesterday was at Finalists Announced for Round 1 of the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum . I attended this event as a judge last year and learned an incredible amount from these amazing teachers. This first round announced 44 teachers representing 32 projects from across...
  • Blog Post: There Is More To Computing Than Computer Science

    Last week Doug Peterson pointed me to an article called “ Let’s not call it computer science if we really mean computer programming .” My initial reaction was “ Let’s not call it computer programming if we really mean software engineering .”  Really the author was talking more about the difference...
  • Blog Post: ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 - Strawman draft

    Over the weekend, the ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 committee (of which I am a member) released the first public from this effort. (The announcement follows my comments). The Strawman draft is not a complete document as some additions, most importantly exemplar curriculums, are yet to be...
  • Blog Post: 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 ...read more
  • Blog Post: There Is Only So Much You Can Cover

    I’d fallen a bit behind in my blog reading lately. Over the long weekend I tried to catch up some and came across a post by Leigh Ann DeLyser called Lets just blame the Intro CS… That post was a response in part to an article about the struggle to plug the embedded programming gap . It seems as though...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science As Cross Curricula

    Initially I was going to write about how well computer science related projects did at the recent Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum. After all Louis Zulli won a first prize for Cutting-Edge Use of Microsoft Technology for Learning . And the “ When Fish Fly ” project won for Collaboration ....
  • Blog Post: A reminder–CS & IT Conference 2012

    Have you signed up for the best value in computer science education professional development? In today's economy, finding value for your professional development dollar is key. Not many international conferences can make the claim that they offer this but the Computer Science & Information Technology...
  • Blog Post: Post CS & IT 2012 Thoughts

    The first part of this week was spent in Irvine CA for the 2012 CS & IT Conference . It’s amazing how this event just gets better and better every year. I only wish more computer science teachers could make it there. Being in California we had a lot of teachers from that state but not as many from...