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  • Blog Post: How Young Can/Should You Start Teaching Programming?

    Or perhaps how young should you try? And to top if off, why do you want to start them so young in the first place? I received the following from a teacher friend of mine the other day and it has had me thinking ever since. Can you please tell me why anyone thinks it is a good idea for 6th grades...
  • 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: Studio K – Program to make Kodu Curriculum and Tools more accessible in Classrooms

    The other day the Kodu team announced Studio K . What is Studio K you ask?  In my opinion it’s the biggest curriculum, teaching and overall educational news about Kodu since Kodu was announced. From the announcement on the Kodu blog : Collaborating with Microsoft and the Advanced Micro Devices ...
  • Blog Post: Kodu: Mars Edition

    Did you follow the landing of the latest Mars rover – Curiosity? Well if you did or even if you just know a bunch of space crazy students the latest version of Kodu is for you. Last week Microsoft announced (and launched) Kodu:Mars Edition . Download it at http://www.kodugamelab.com . Some of the...
  • 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: What is STEM and why is it important? #STEMtember

    (cross-posted from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog ) STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education is not only critical for preparing our future doctors, researchers, rocket scientists and game designers, it’s becoming more important for every type of...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Teachers and Students Together

    The other day Chris Bowen (that’s Chris working with students below) and I gave a Kodu workshop for a group of students and teachers in Vermont. This was a train the trainer sort of work shop and the students will be acting as peer tutors as part of after school programs in their local schools. Some...
  • Blog Post: Some Serious Fun With Kodu Programming

    As regular readers know I am a huge fan of Kodu, the highly graphical, easy to program game development product from Microsoft Research. It is easy enough that an 8 year old can create some great fun games with it (and some smart younger kids have done cool stuff as well) so it is easy to take this software...
  • Blog Post: A Winning Strategy: Teaching Students and Cultivating an Interest in Computer Science

    (Cross-posted from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog) Combating viruses, saving the lives of expectant mothers, and retrieving food from a warehouse controlled by an evil dictator; it’s not just fun and games in teacher Pat Yongpradit’s computer science classes at Springbrook High...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 6 August 2012

    What a great week last week was. My big planned event was a meeting of the ACM/IEEE CS 2013 committee in Seattle WA. As it turns out that meant I was able to attend the closing gala for the Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum. I’ll have a separate blog with links to that event. It is enough to say...
  • Blog Post: Driving STEM Excitement Through Video Game Design & Development

    Kinect is the fastest selling consumer electronic product ever. Its success offers proof that technology innovation is only limited by our willingness to invest in big ideas. It is critical that we foster innovation by inspiring the next generation of innovators, and changing the way we ensure they’re...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Computer Science Education Week: The Hour of Code

    At Microsoft, computer science is part of our DNA. It is the very basis of where we started as a company, and is what keeps us innovating each and every day. And given that it's Computer Science Education Week, we have good cause to celebrate. We are committed to advocating computer science education...
  • Blog Post: Conversations in Kodu

    Recently the Kodu team announced a new version of Kodu and a new Kodu Community Website. You can read a lot of the details at Announcing the Kodu v1.2 and the Kodu Community Website The expanded community web site is pretty cool. What's the Kodu Community Website ? Also new in this release is the Kodu...
  • Blog Post: One Month Left to Enter The National STEM Video Game Challenge

    You have one more month! The National STEM Video Game Challenge is open and ready to receive original video games and game designs from students in grades 5-12 until the deadline of April 24. The challenge is presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media , and Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: One Option for How to Teach Kodu

    I recently ran some workshops to prepare students to be peer mentors and to mentor younger students with Kodu. The method I suggest is to have mentors show students some small steps and then let the students try. The latest version of Kodu has some really nice step by step lessons that students can do...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 23 July 2012

    I had a great week and a great weekend. Busy weekend with family which is the best way to spend the weekend. I’m late with today’s posts though but hopefully you’ll all forgive me. The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit has put many of the talks from last week online. It’s not all heavy technology. Social...
  • Blog Post: The Perfect Educational Computer Lab

    I had the following question via Twitter the other day “ Hey Alfred. We got permission to overhaul our computer lab, Have you seen any innovative strategies or configurations?” Now this is a question that comes up pretty regularly among computer science teachers. Or teachers who teach computer applications...
  • Blog Post: Time Flies When Learning Is Fun

    I did some work workshops with the great people from Digital Wish again this week (see also Teaching Teachers and Students Together ) We did a full day workshop on web development using Expression Web using the Heavy Metal Car tutorial workshop from http://expression.microsoft.com/education We were able...