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Alfred Thompson
Works at Bishop Guertin High School
Attended Taylor University
Lives in Danville, NH 03819
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Time to start thinking about what you will present at next summer's CSTA Conference.
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This week's links. I hope you'll find something of interest to you.
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THis week's interesting links. Did you see the survey results on CS and education that Google funded? THoughts?
I meet my freshmen today! Yeah! I am excited. I’m pretty sure I’m ready. I’ve even got a new LCD projector. Although as someone pointed out it is a little sad that I am excited about getting the kind of equipment that just ab...
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then 90% of parenets are .... just like in 2000
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What would you tell someone about how to become a CS teacher?
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This week's interesting links.
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Why I use TouchDevelop of all the drag and drop or block based programming tools I know of.
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Are there girls at your school who should apply for this?
It’s that time again! Visit the website at https://www.aspirations.org/ for more information but I have included some details to get you thinking. From the web site: Applications for the 2016 Award for Aspirations in Computi...
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Show time! First day of school with students. I hope I'm ready.
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I had a busy summer with lots of professional development. How about you?
I'm in school today - first day back for teachers. I guess that means that summer is over for me. Every fall and through the year I always tell myself that I’m going to spend the summer doing what my friend Lou Zulli calls “r...
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I wonder if we go too easy of programs that sound so good because we want them to work?
We talked about setting kids up to fail in math. What about CS? Well, it's a little subtler. I started thinking about this after a conversation with one of my graduates about Harvard's famous CS50. Since that conversation, I've spoken to a number of my kids that have gone through CS50 and most ...
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Group projects can be a struggle. How do you deal with them?
I haven’t been at the ICER Conference but a lot of my friends are there and between their tweets and other tweets using the #icer2015 hash tag I almost feel like I’m there. In any case a lot of interesting things have come th...
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Sadly so true. But we plow thru it to make things work- right?
That's what makes a "leader".
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What is the difference between a project and a recipe?
Chris Lehmann is principal of the Science Leadership Academy. “SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning “ So when I read something like this from him it makes me think. A lot of st...
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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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Danville, NH 03819
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Brooklyn, New York, NY - East Hampton, NY
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Blogger, Educator, Author, Speaker, CS Education activist
Introduction
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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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing 2016
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It’s that time again! Visit the website at https://www.aspirations.org/ for more information but I have included some details to get you thi

How I Spent My Summer Break From School
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I'm in school today - first day back for teachers. I guess that means that summer is over for me. Every fall and through the year I always t

CS50 AP–An Advanced Placement Computer Science Course from Harvard
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The last few days were spent at Harvard University attending CS50 Boot camp in Cambridge (Videos of most of the talks should be at that link

Charleston Teach Meet Day One
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This week I am in Charleston SC at Porter-Gaud School meeting with about a dozen teachers from around the US with two teachers from Scotland

It’s Worth A Try–Or Is It?
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Is the BBC’s ‘Micro Bot’ the Silver Bullet). With a new set of announcements today the discussion has started again.There were a rash of com

You Don’t Know What You Are Teaching Your Students
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From time to time teachers need a reminder of what they are teaching. Oh not just “we teach students not subjects.” That is certainly true b

Interesting Links 13 July 2015
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Usually I write these up on Sunday so it will be ready first thing in the morning on Monday. This week I am at the annual CSTA Conference an

What is real programming?
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I’m tempted to just leave the question there, get some popcorn and watch sparks fly. A lot of discussion on more or less that topic in the c

Interesting Links 29 June 2015
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I’m at ISTE in I’ve already connected with a few old friends and hope to connect with many more. If you are also at ISTE I hope you’ll track

Do Grades Kill The Magic of Learning?
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I was reading Mark Guzdial’s blog this morning (A goal for higher ed: “There is magic in our program. Our program changes lives.”) and as of

ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing
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Gordon Bell and David Cutler are two of the big names in computing. Both dis amazing things at Digital Equipment and went on to do more good

You Get What You Pay For
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I haven’t been blogging much this week. In part that is being busy with the year ending at school. In part it is because the connection betw

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