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Alfred Thompson
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Lives in Danville, NH 03819
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Interesting links for this week. BTW it is also Towel Day today http://www.towelday.org/
Memorial Day in the US today. We remember those who died in battle fighting for our country. A somber day in some ways. In other, it makes the unofficial start of summer, it is a bit of a celebration day. I’ll be spending the...
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Did you ever see cows or horses standing still in a field and wonder "what are they thinking about" or is it just me?
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+Mike Zamansky comments on the Code.Org and College Board deal. I have to say I share his concerns.
Big announcement the other day. Code.org will be partnering with the College Board. They'll help school's adopt their CS courses and provide funding for Code.org's professional development. You can read about it on Code.org's blog here and a USA Today article here.
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You make it sound as if teaching high school students is hard or something, +Mike Zamansky.



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Urban schools seem to get all the attention. Large total numbers and large diversity are part of the reason. But what about rural and small town schools?
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This week's interesting links. Another Kickstarter and an interesting visual among other things.
Last week I made my travel arrangements for the Annual CSTA Conference. Less than two months away and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll also be at ISTE this June. Not as much CS stuff there but a lot of edtech stuff that...
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Some thoughts on regular testing and compiling
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In writing this post I do not mean to say that there aren't some great programs out there - there are. I also know that most of the programs I'm aware are being developed by people who are really trying to do some good. Since I wrote a post on my problem with drop in curricula on March 4 ...
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Can we mix CS in with other subjects and improve how we teach both?
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Help fund a project to fight human trafficking in Nepal https://propel.taylor.edu/tech4tinyhands
Help Taylor University raise $10,000 for the project: Tech for Tiny Hands. Even $1 can make a difference!
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Will I see you at the CSTA Annual Conference? Hope so!
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I made my reservations for the CSTA conference. Will I see you there?
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This week's interesting links. Including a couple of interesting CS education Kickstarter projects.
Last week was special. Teacher Appreciation week at many schools. International Star Wars Day (May the Fourth). And of course the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam was taken by thousands of students around the US. I he...
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Blogger, Curriculum Developer, Author, Speaker, CS Education activist
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  • Bishop Guertin High School
    Teacher, 2013 - present
    Computer Science teacher
  • Microsoft
    Academic Developer Evangelist, 2003 - 2012
  • Bishop Guertin HS
    Teacher, 1995 - 2003
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I've had one foot in each of education and industry for years now. I've been a classroom teacher, a software developer, a textbook author, a technical evangelist to educators, a school board member and more. I write about computer science education in particular and a bit about education in general. 
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  • Taylor University
    Systems/Sociology, 1971 - 1975
  • Rivier College
    Computer Science, 1989 - 1992
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Coming soon – 2015 Computer Science Teachers Association’s annual confer...
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With the Computer Science Teachers Association’s annual conference coming up in July there are a few things we thought you should know now t

Office Mixes for Learning TouchDevelop
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While looking for other things (you know how that goes) I found a series of Office Mixes that teach how to program using TouchDevelop. They

HOW OLD DO I LOOK?
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Microsoft announced a new web site yesterday that tries to guess the age of people in images. Well guess is probably not the right word. I’m

More With TouchDevelop
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The more I use TouchDevelop the more I learn about it. The more I learn about it the more I want to use it. For example, groups. I’ve known

Sometimes It is How You Look At It
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A couple of days ago I saw an interesting program on the Small Basic blog. The featured program was one that let a beginner write a turtle g

Ace Thompson
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Data...data....data Last year we began a process of identifying and targeting at-risk students. We asked each grade level to discuss as a te

2015 CSTA Administrator Impact Award Nominations Open
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Dear CSTA Community, Nominations are currently open for the 2015 CSTA Administrator Impact Award! This prestigious award is given by CSTA to

Interesting Links 2 March 2015
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Back in school today. It was nice to have a break but I am looking forward to time with my students today. I got no school work done at all

Lessons in Time
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The other day I was microwaving some food to heat it up. Ten seconds seemed like forever. I was actually able to do several other things whi

Today’s BASIC Is Not Your Father’s BASIC
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A post at Doug Peterson’s blog (A Different Time) sent me to a site that has a collection of old BASIC programs. And by old I mean the 1970s

Creating Code Hunt Puzzles
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As I mentioned the other day (see Learning From the Code Hunt Dashboard) I have been creating my own Code Hunt puzzles for use with my stude

Interdisciplinary Computing Blog: Who thinks Computer Science is less re...
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Computing and people who work with computers are not the nerdy and negative images often portrayed in the media. As a computer scientist, ed

The Queen of Code – Grace Hopper
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There is a new movie about Grace Hopper out in the Internet. The movie is about 16 minutes look and I think it is pretty good. I’m looking f

Code Hunt for Review and Problem Solving
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Code Hunt is something I have been experimenting with a bit this year. For those who are not familiar with it, Code Hunt “is an educational,

Computer Science Education Predictions for 2015
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Seems like a lot of people like to make predictions this time of year. I tend not to because I’m not that good at it. But I think I have som

My Favorite Teaching Tools from 2014
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This is the year I got serious about doing things differently in my class. Three tools really helped me out. Yes they are all from Microsoft

Single Finger Programming
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Yesterday I was charged with helping my grandson (he’s three months old) get to sleep for a nap. After walking around and speaking softly to

With Super Power Comes Super Responsibility
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Earlier today several people told me that my name was referenced on SlashDot. Specifically it was in reference to me calling programming a s

Building a Brand
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A district initiative this year has been to expand the Londonderry brand through social media. To this end the district has empowered school

Dot and Dash–My New Robots
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I got some robots the other night. Dot and Dash come from Wonder Workshop which is a Kickstarter project I backed. That is Dot on the right