Monday, April 13, 2015

Interesting Links 13 April 2015

Spring may actually be coming. Only of few piles of snow left on my property and I was able to take done the Christmas lights on the tree in front of my house. Usually I can get to them a lot earlier but we had a lot of snow this year. I also filed my taxes. Not my favorite thing but I have to say that modern software makes the job a lot easier than it used to me.

Speaking of leaving things to the last minute – if you are a CSTA member have you voted for the board elections and by-law changes? Please do so. It is a key opportunity to make a difference in your organization.

I spent some time over the weekend checking out the TouchDevelop curriculum by @michaelebraun. Looks pretty interesting. 

I’ve really been seeing a lot of Kinect resources lately so I am really looking forward to the Tuesday session at the annual CSTA Conference called "Out of Your Seat Comp Science: Coding Using the Kinect"  being presented by: Doug Bergman.

Which reminds me that early bird  registration for  CSTA 15 ends 4/15/15 - save $50, register now! There's only a couple of days left for you to take advantage:

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Speaking of Kinect, - Kinect to Small Basic is now available. That is pretty exciting I think as it makes Kinect more approachable to more developers.

Scratch Jnr is now available for Android  which seems like a good thing.
Some articles to think about:
Everyone gets excited about these but are they as good as we’d like to think they are? And what do they prove anyway?







4 comments:

Garth said...

Kinect to SB. Oh great, something new and cool to play with. Just what I needed. I will throw it at some kids and see what they can do with it.

Alfred Thompson said...

You were among several people I thought of when I saw that news Garth. Hope to hear about what your students come up with.

GArth said...

Have you played with Microsoft's Project Spark yet? Talk about getting lost in a time warp! I am afraid to show it to the students. I might lose them to it for years!

Alfred Thompson said...

I haven't played with Project Spark. I'm worried about getting in too deep myself. :-)