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Alfred Thompson
Works at Bishop Guertin High School
Attended Taylor University
Lives in Danville, NH 03819
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THis week's interesting links. An interesting contest for beginners, some curriculum links and more.
Here in New Hampshire we are on school vacation this week. Seems like a lot of places were on vacation last week. Like a lot of teachers I will be spending break time catching up both around the house and on school work. Grad...
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Picking a computer and then looking for software for it is like buying tires and then looking for a car to put them on.
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We need to include ethics and good behavior in computing classes. Our future depends on trustworthy people.
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I learning (or is it relearning) a lot from a simple project to create a basic AI.
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Taking a look at the same algorithm in different languages and views.
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 graphics program. I liked the image it drew but frankly I found the code not as clear...
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Nice post by +Laura Blankenship 
Many people argue against the teaching of Computer Science by saying that we shouldn't create a bunch of programmers/computer scientists. I find this argument frustrating because we still teach Math, English, and even Biology even though we know that not all students will pursue these fields.
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I'm using TouchDevelop with my students and learning a lot about using it in a class situation. Students are learning AND having fun. Good stuff.
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 about groups for a while. I’ve played with them a bit on my own in the past.  Today I...
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THe CSK8 Twitter chat has been nominated for an award. I hope you will support them. (FWIW I was the one who nominated them because I think it is a wonderful chat community.)
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Lots of interesting links to share this week. And a quote to think about.
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xkcd does it again with a useful cartoon for teachers (and others).
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The problem with examples that are too simple.
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Looking for help with K-5 CS curriculum?
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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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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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More With TouchDevelop
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Sometimes It is How You Look At It
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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

There Is No Best Programming Language
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Three items from different places on the same topic requires a blog post. Well for me it does. This week’s topic was picking the best progra

CSTA Leadership Gets Busy for CS Ed Week!
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Did you see this on the CSTA mailing list? When the CSTA Board met recently we started talking about sharing what we were doing in our schoo

Top Secret Rosies
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This week I have been showing the movie "Top Secret Rosies" to my freshmen students. It’s a wonderful story about some long unsung heroes of