Monday, September 17, 2012

Interesting Links 17 September 2012

From my point of view the first week of this blog at this location has good well. I realize that I’ve posted a number of longish posts about some of my own thoughts and ideas that were not technical. I hope that has been as good for readers to read as it has been for me to write. It felt good to express myself this way.

Just one favor. If you have a blog, a web site or even just post links to a book marking site I hope you’ll post a link to this blog (  for me. It would really help make it show up on search engine results and also let more people know that “I’ve moved.”

But don’t worry I’ve got a lot of links and short tidbits to share with you today.

All Hands on Deck! Scaling K-12 Computer Science Education is a very important post on the Communications of the ACM by Cameron Wilson and Baker Franke. It includes a call for computer science teachers to take part in a survey.

If you are a K-12 computer science professional development (PD) provider or know of one, it is of vital importance that your efforts are recognized in this national landscape study of computer science PD. By completing the survey (link below) you will ensure that your PD opportunity will count.

PD Survey Link:

I’ve been noticing a lot of wise notions in Twitter lately. I’d like to start with on from  @kdwashburn that resonated with me.

"I believe every great—and by great I mean not just instructive, but inspiring—teacher is him or herself a determined learner."

This week I discovered the Computer Science Student Network  the web at and on Twitter @CS2Network The mission of this site from Carnegie Mellon is to engage more students in Computer Science and STEM. Is a web site from IEEE with resources to try to help students to consider a career in computing. Some good stuff there and well worth a look.

My friend  Andrew Parsons wrote about FREE Windows Store Access for Students. This is a great opportunity for students though honestly is is a lot easier for college students. BTW follow Andy on twitter @MrAndyPuppy

Don't forget to sign your US K-12 school up for the FREE Kinect Trial Program at

17-Year-Old Girl Invents Cellphone Heart Test For Patients In Developing Country. This is yet another reminder that technology that is available to students can be used by students to make a difference in the world.

 @TCEA tweeted a link to this infographic on protecting your online reputation that looks great for high school students and adults! I can see this hanging on classroom walls.

Are you aware of these Microsoft Office Add-ins for Scientists I can see them being useful for teachers and students of science.

CSTA website with CS events for kids is a site worth checking from time to time. Right now you can learn about:

Great new post from Mark Guzdial @guzdial: A Question that Everyone should Ask their CS Professors: Why do we have to learn this?

Video of the Week from Microsoft Research @MSFTResearch On how MSR continues to push boundaries to automate intelligence in your daily life.

College student? Apply today for Google's Engineering Practicum Internship Program. Deadline to apply is October 15!

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