Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Useful Web Links for Computer Science Teachers

I keep doing sets of links to hand out at various conferences. It seems like every time I do the list comes out a little differently. Some new things. Some things have new addresses. And the order of things changes for the audience. This list is from a pair of handouts I have put together for a high school curriculum panel at Stevens Institute of Technology and for TCEA. Since I’m been working on this I haven’t has as much time to write for the blog. So here’s hoping this serves as double duty.

K-12 Faculty Community Site 

A source for curriculum resources, teacher forums, and program announcements

Programming Languages for Beginners

Alice  – A 3-dimensional, drag and drop programming language from Carnegie Mellon University

Kodu -

A graphical programming tool for younger students.

Scratch  – a light weight 2-dimensional, drag and drop programming language from MIT

Small Basic -

MSDN Academic Alliance http://

A Microsoft program for schools to get Microsoft Development software for labs, teachers, and students.

DreamSpark for High schools

DreamSpark High School provides professional-level development and design tools to students enrolled in an accredited, secondary educational institution at no charge.

XNA Game Studio Express

Software for developing games for Windows, the Zune and the XBOX 360. Also links to the XNA community with sample code, tutorials and support forums.

Visual Studio Express Editions

Free development tools (IDEs) for Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual C# and Visual Web Developer

Beginner Developer Learning Center

A web site for people of all ages who want to learn programming and web development. Tutorials, videos, projects and web casts

Microsoft Robotics Studio

Visual Programming Language for robots, runtime libraries for higher level programming, a 3-dimensional robot simulator with sample simulations, tutorials, and videos

Coding 4 Fun 

A web site for hobbyists and computer tinkerers - sample projects and information for doing fun and interesting thing with programming; often combined with interesting or unusual hardware

Alfred Thompson’s Blog  Which is of course my real official blog.

Sharing of resources, links, and information of interest to K-12 Computer Science Teachers

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