Profile

Cover photo
Alfred Thompson
Works at Bishop Guertin High School
Attended Taylor University
Lives in Danville, NH 03819
760 followers|66,009 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos+1's

Stream

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Hardware by itself is not enough
1
Add a comment...
 
Thinking about explaining to students what "a long time" means in different contexts.
1
Add a comment...

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Thoughts on old projects in old versions of a language that has changed a lot in the last 30 years.
1
Add a comment...

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
More about creating and using Code Hunt in programming classes.
1
Add a comment...

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
I've been learning some interesting and useful things about Code Hunt.
This week I am in Redmond WA at a two day workshop around Code Hunt being run by Microsoft Research and the developers behind Code Hunt. After day one I can say I have learned a lot.  I’ve been using Code Hunt with my honors ...
1
Add a comment...

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Looking for summer teaching work in NYC, Detroit or San Francisco? 
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
760 people
Sourajit saha's profile photo
andy nu's profile photo
Uday Kiran's profile photo
Melony Ritter's profile photo
Pat Yongpradit's profile photo
Jonathan Wamsley's profile photo
Michelle Lagos's profile photo
Kerry Brown's profile photo
Michael Kölling's profile photo

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
I especially like the links to interesting computer science quotations.
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 during the week off. I’m going to be paying for that this week though. Well that is l...
1
Add a comment...

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Are you registered for the annual CSTA conference yet? Hope to see you there.
1
Add a comment...

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
One idea often leads to another and sharing ideas in blogs is a great idea. And it is cold outside.
One of the great things about teacher blogging is the sharing of ideas. Often these ideas can be easily adapted and adopted in new ways. Earlier today Doug Peterson had an interesting post about wind chill calculations. He ha...
1
Add a comment...

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
This week's interesting links post.
1
Add a comment...

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Do you teach recursion? When, how and why?
The following was posted to the AP CS Facebook page yesterday with the question "What would the answer be?" Things went along just fine for 3 replies of people giving the answer (0123456) until some troublemaker (who would be...
1
Mark Koenig's profile photo
 
I think I may need you to explain why that bit of code wouldn't just output only "0". Or maybe that's part of the bad recursion. 
Add a comment...

Alfred Thompson

Shared publicly  - 
 
You'll want to check out the new movie about Grace Hopper.
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
760 people
Sourajit saha's profile photo
andy nu's profile photo
Uday Kiran's profile photo
Melony Ritter's profile photo
Pat Yongpradit's profile photo
Jonathan Wamsley's profile photo
Michelle Lagos's profile photo
Kerry Brown's profile photo
Michael Kölling's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Blogger, Curriculum Developer, Author, Speaker, CS Education activist
Employment
  • Bishop Guertin High School
    Teacher, 2013 - present
    Computer Science teacher
  • Microsoft
    Academic Developer Evangelist, 2003 - 2012
  • Bishop Guertin HS
    Teacher, 1995 - 2003
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Danville, NH 03819
Previously
Brooklyn, New York, NY - East Hampton, NY
Story
Tagline
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. 
Education
  • Taylor University
    Systems/Sociology, 1971 - 1975
  • Rivier College
    Computer Science, 1989 - 1992
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Alfred Thompson's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Interesting Links 2 March 2015
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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...
computing4society.blogspot.com

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
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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
acethompson.blogspot.com

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
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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!
blog.acthompson.net

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
blog.acthompson.net

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

Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform
blog.acthompson.net

I'm still trying to wrap my head around this. Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform, adds new development capabilities with Vi

Two States–the Highs and the Lows
blog.acthompson.net

I found this image on Facebook last week and it really rang true for me. I experienced both sides of this recently. On one hand I wrote a pr

Help Me Win Surface Pro 3s for My School
blog.acthompson.net

OK so the good news is that I am one of 15 finalists to win 15 Surface Pro's for my favorite school. The winners are chosen by community vot

Idea vs Implementation–Using What We Learn
blog.acthompson.net

You’re at a great conference and you are hearing all sorts of great ideas. It’s exciting! You hear about tools and techniques that are worki