Monday, February 04, 2013

Interesting Links 4 February 2013

I was flat out all last week teaching full-time. It was a good week even though a bit stressful. Starting teaching new courses, especially after a long hiatus, usually is. But I still managed to find some time to scan blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Zite for stories and resources to share. I hope you can find something useful in this list.

One of my regular complaints is that companies in the computer and IT industries are not doing enough to support computer science education. Last week the CSTA took up this story with news about SAS getting involved. See SAS Stepping Up But What About Others on the CSTA Blog.

The mainstream media continues to take up the subject of computer science education. For example this commentary -  US kids need computer-science education was in USA TODAY in the US. The Guardian in the UK had this commentary Michael Gove's computer science revolution is long overdue. It looks a lot like the UK is taking computer science education more seriously than the US.

Scratch 2.0 Beta is  open to everyone. But you can only log in if you created your Scratch account before January 26th. I’ve seen demos of this and it really looks great.

Lone Star Invitational – TCEA TA-CS SIG state wide HS programming contest in Texas. IF you teach HS CS in Texas thing about entering a team.

0310_image_thumbMicrosoft has run some student competitions around Kodu in the US in the past. Last week Microsoft in the United Kingdom announced that Kodu Kup UK 2013–Competition now open If you are a teacher in the UK an looking for something to get students interested in software creating this may be a good starting point.

Five Principles to Radically Transform How We Teach Computer Programming got a lot of attention last week. I replied a bit at Do We Need Radical Change in Computer Science Education?

Muhamad Umer of Microsoft in Pakistan has started a blog series on programming with the Kinect sensor.

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