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Here comes a popfly.. I got it! I got it!
As a kid, I always had fond memories of my Dad throwing me a popfly ball and catching it. That was fun! Even with my own kids, I enjoyed throwing a popfly ball to them and smiled when they caught it. So, when I was invited to join up with Microsoft Popfly, I had a hunch it would be fun and it is. Popfly Space is a social network designed to connect the millions of non-professional creators in the world who work on everything from mashups to game development to hardware hacks. Users can build and ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 10:22 AM

Techies coming to Orlando!
Next week, the streets of Orlando will be filled with Tech Ed registrants. Microsoft has held this event before in Orlando and I was able to get myself a free ticket from a friend in Redmond. I volunteered this year to be at one of the booths answering questions on IE7. I'll still be able to attend some of the sessions at Tech Ed and I'll be able to meet people as well. I'll be blogging about my days at tech ed and sharing what I'm learning there. Stay tuned... Technorati tags: Microsoft, Tech Ed ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:59 AM

I have volunteered to start this local dotnetnuke user group. After speaking at a couple local Code Camps there are many users of dotnetnuke that are interested in this group as well so hopefully they will join. Here are reasons why you should join: Participating in a user group requires time, effort, leadership, dedication, and vision. However, ask almost any user group participant, and they’ll tell you it’s all worth it. Consider some of these reasons to get involved today: 1. Make friends.You’ve ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:52 AM

What I ended up doing after the AP exam with my students
I blogged about what AP teachers can do with their students after the AP exam but I found something else that I'll be doing with my students. Several years ago, Microsoft put together a half hour long reality game show called THE CODE ROOM. The show is hosted by Jesi Knapp. There were only three episodes that were created and the first show features Russ Fustino from Microsoft. Russ is giving his ASP.NET talk at a local theatre in Texas. Three participants volunteer to participate in a e-commerce ......

Posted On Monday, May 14, 2007 2:24 PM

Lots of Alice books to choose
Recently, I blogged about Alice and since then I've been exploring the different books that you can get to use while teaching Alice. The book that I'll be using with my students is called Learning to Program with Alice by Wanda Dunn, Stephen Cooper, and Randy Pausch. ISBN 0-13-187289-3 Pearson Prentice Hall. The book comes with instructor resources and sample syllabi which I found to be very helpful. The book is broken down into 4 parts. Part 1 is an Introduction to Alice; Part 2 Object-Oriented ......

Posted On Monday, May 14, 2007 10:08 AM

Working with Photostory
My digital imaging students have learned how to use Photoshop during this semester and are putting together a presentation using a free product from Microsoft called Photostory. Here's some information about Photostory. Photo Story 3 includes features that enable you to create a slideshow with your digital pictures, edit your pictures, create your story with original music, add narration, and share them with your family and friends. Create a photo story. You can create a photo story that includes ......

Posted On Friday, May 11, 2007 1:45 PM

I'm ready to serve you!
If you're a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association and you voted me as a Board Member I want to take this opportunity to thank you. The Computer Science Teachers Association is a national board that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn. The purpose of the organization ......

Posted On Thursday, May 10, 2007 7:41 PM

Choosing a college because of technology
For 25 years, the Princeton Review was the resource that many college bound seniors and parents used to compare colleges and universities when they were doing research to select the best college to go to. This year, PC magazine partnered with the Princeton Review in search of the most wired college/university. The magazine surveyed the best 362 colleges from the Princeton Review and asked questions which covered technology and connectivity that they had on campus. Included in the survey were questions ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 9:14 AM

Hooked on XNA, but more time is needed...
I finally put the finishing touches on the course that I'll be teaching next school year on game programming. This will be an 18 week course for students who are experienced at programming and have taken our Honors level Programming course. I plan on using the online book The Art of Computer Game Design by Chris Crawford. The book is a short read but covers some key points such as: What is a Game? Why do People Play Games A Taxonomy of Computer Games The Computer as a Game Technology The Game Design ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 11:54 AM

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