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Alfred Thompson
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Attended Taylor University
Lives in Danville, NH 03819
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This week's interesting links for computer science educators.
Today is back to school for some students. Also for some teachers. I know some teachers who reported to school last week. Whoa! It’s getting close for the rest of us. Many teachers at my school were in last week to pickup new...
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I guess having CS count as a math requirement is not bad - NCTM may disagree - but I'd really rather it be it's own requirement.
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A great second day with Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts. I le3arned a lot.
Day two started with a keynote by Stephen Reid about game playing in education. It was very interesting and he showed samples of a lot of games. He spent the most time on Minecraft. It does seems like some interesting cross c...
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A e add on for Visual Studio that may make it easier to comment on student code.
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This weeks interesting links including some updates to lists I keep.
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In parts of the US, teachers start returning to school this week. I'm not one of them but the time is approaching. Fewer than three weeks to go for me. It’s been a crazy busy summer for me. Last week was a week long Advanced ...
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Should a college level CS course be a students first CS course? I argue no.
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Some highlights from the first day of the MIE Forum hosted by Microsoft in Denver this weekend.
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Keeping the fun in CS
Code.org posted this image of the class students like the most on their blog. The full survey data is on slide 48 of this PowerPoint from the researchers who did the survey. There is a lot of detail in the referenced PowerPo...
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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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Brooklyn, New York, NY - East Hampton, NY
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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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Must and Should Are Not The Same Thing
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I came under some criticism for a comment I made on Facebook earlier today. I asked “I wonder how many high schools teach Calc AB to student

Computer Science Because Students Like It
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Code.org posted this image of the class students like the most on their blog. The full survey data is on slide 48 of this PowerPoint from th

The Final Review of the K-12 CS Framework Now Open
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Good stuff here. We really need a good review of this framework to make sure it is as good as it can be. The ACM, CSTA, Code.org, CIC, and N

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Education
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Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - what is their future in education? Last year at ISTE I saw a number of exhibits of educational uses

Social Media and Professional Development
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Just because I have been on school vacation this week doesn’t mean the learning stops. In fact I have taken advantage of the relaxed time to

Computer Science Principles Workshops
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A lot of schools are adding the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course for next year. That means that a lot of teachers are l

An Online Community for CS Teachers Using Microsoft Tools
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One thing I am constantly looking to do is to learn from other computer science teachers. There are some good online communities for this pu

When Blogging Works For Educators
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It seems like there is a regular stream of articles, often on blogs, talking about blogging going away. Or changing for the worse. Or other

Computer Science Education Things to Watch in 2016
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“It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” I was thinking about writing a post with predictions but realized that I

How Much Does a $5 Computer Cost?
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This week the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced their new Pi Zero. It only costs $5 in the US. Wow! Here are the specs, via the foundation:

How do you terrify computer science students?
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How do you terrify computer science students? Ask them to design their own project to be graded. I asked my programming students today to co

Imagine Cup Earth–Online Competition
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Back in my Microsoft days I was actively promoting the Imagine Cup competitions. Realistically, while a couple of high school teams did well

Interesting Links 7 November 2015
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I spent the last few days in Phoenix Arizona at the fall board meeting of the Computer Science Teachers Association. It was a very busy coup

Programmers vs. Idiots
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I found this image recently and shared it on Facebook. Reactions from my friends was interesting. Most agreed with my saying that I didn’t t

Autograders–for good or for evil?
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Over 40 years ago I first graded programming projects. As an undergraduate lab assistant I reviewed student projects based on metrics from t

How NOT To Tell If Someone Is Cut Out For Computer Science
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Recently “Code School, a Pluralsight company and online learn-to-code destination” released the results of a study of sorts they did to try

BBC Micro:Bit News–Lots Happening
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News about the BBC Micro:Bit is probably more useful to my United Kingdom readers than those of us in the rest of the world but I think it i

Ethics and Computer Science
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How many times have we heard it said “with great power comes great responsibility.” Have you read about the scandal with Volkswagen where th