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CS teachers go to class
At the Marriott Hotel in San Antonio, TX, there were close to 200 teachers from across the world attending the annual Computer Science Teachers Association Symposium. I have been fortunate to attend this event in the past as an attendee and as a speaker and I always look forward to it every year. I enjoy meeting new teachers and talking to them about what they are doing in the class. I also enjoy seeing old friends and the opportunity to learn something new at this event. My presentation was on Web ......

Posted On Monday, June 30, 2008 7:04 AM

Technology night 08
Tech night 08 was a great success last night in the Lakefront room at LHPS. There were close to 50 students and parents in attendance to listen to Andrea Barr from Apple who talked about Podcasting. Etan Horowitz from the Orlando Sentinel talked about Tech Tips for students. Richard Connor from Laptop Plus dove into pc security and finally Dan Waters from Microsoft talked about the tablet pc and Onenote software. Lots of information in two hours time. Thanks to Microsoft for the donation of an XBOX ......

Posted On Friday, January 25, 2008 7:52 AM

The List: What's In and Out for 2008
It was nice to see that Washington Post Writer Hank Stuever has included The Last Lecture by Randy Pauch in his What's In and Out for 2008. He has the lecture in the In column. Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 1, 2008 6:35 PM

Calling all high school computer science teachers... Survey Time
The Computer Science Teachers Association is once again asking you for your input. Across the U.S. there are growing concerns about computer science in high schools. While there are many anecdotal reports about dropping enrollments and state-level teaching certification battles, there is a critical lack of solid information. For this reason, we are asking you to take a few minutes to participate in our national high school CS survey http://csta.acm.org/Research/sub/CSTAResearch-2.html

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:45 AM

Alice Summer Workshops
Barbara Conover asked me to announce this workshop on my blog so here goes: Summer 2007 Workshops . Learning to Program with Alice . Alice and Media Computation Registration Deadline: May 1, 2007 (The workshops are free!) Led by the experts: Dr. Stephen Cooper, Saint Joseph's University Dr. Wanda Dann, Ithaca College And funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, these workshops are designed and particularly appropriate for instructors wishing to: Decrease the attrition among computer ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 1:32 PM

What to teach after the AP Computer Science Exam?
There is always some time left after the AP exam to teach our students more before we leave them for the summer. In Florida, we have a couple of weeks to learn more and if you’re from different parts of the country you may have even more time to teach students something new. I am really sold on having students learn about creating games so that’s what I’ll be doing with my students. There are several options available for you to do with your students and several languages to use as well. If you want ......

Posted On Thursday, April 12, 2007 7:34 AM

AP Teachers & Students Exam Preparation Resources
Right now, all of our classes are finishing up with teaching the AP computer science course and all of the requirements given in the AP JAVA subset. If you are looking for review material, here is a list that I've found to be valuable to my students. Review books: The one that I have used for 11 years now has been the book by Skylight Publishing called Be Prepared for the AP Computer Science Exam in JAVA. The book is written by Maria Litving along with Roger Frank, Judith Hromcik, Dave Wittry and ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 28, 2007 9:12 AM

AP Computer Science Course
Alfred Thompson, a former high school computer science teacher and now a Microsoft employee, blogged today on taking a look at AP Computer Science. Quite timely I thought even after I posed this question last week to Microsoft boss Bill Gates, "Is computer science education dead". Quite timely indeed even after I said something to my Associate Director here at school on Friday about how frustrated I am teaching AP Computer Science and that when our school hires another Computer Science Teacher next ......

Posted On Monday, March 19, 2007 9:32 AM

How to ask a billionaire a question....
At the Microsoft MVP summit today, Bill Gates gave the keynote to 1800 MVP award recipients from all over the world. Before the session, many people were already in line. My thoughts were to eat breakfast fast and then get in line to get a good seat. In line it was a great experience for me to be able to be with people from all over the world. In front of me were a group from Brazil and they have a great sense of humor even though I had no clue what they were speaking in Portugese. To my right side ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:25 PM

Digital Literacy Certificate
Sixty seven of my students have successfully passed the Digital Literacy Certificate exam that was sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. The students had online lessons in the following areas: Computer Basics The Internet and World Wide Web Productivity Programs Computer Security and Privacy Digital Lifestyles Students were required to take an exam that tested their knowledge in these areas. Congratulations!

Posted On Wednesday, February 21, 2007 6:22 AM

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