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Legal cheating for students?
Today in my mailbox was an article from the New York Times that was entitled “ Legalized Cheating- Text messaging answers, googling during exams. In the internet age, some schools have a new approach to cheating: Make it legal.(Saturday/Sunday January 21-22) The article lists several private and public high schools that are allowing students to look up test answers online during their test and what's interesting is that the Director of Admissions at Harvard University states “ that adding ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 10:09 AM

Microsoft Campus Connection comes to Orlando
The Microsoft Campus Connection rolled into Orlando last night at the University of Central Florida. This program is geared toward college students and there was a room full of eager students in the room. The program starts off with an introduction to Vista. Blain Barton from Microsoft gave this presentation. Vista has many features that the college crowd liked but I think everyone is dissapointed that they can't use it now and have to wait for the OFFICIAL announcement which might be by the end ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 1:43 PM

UCF Programming Competition Past Problems
UCF has a great CS department with some really smart students. Their students place highly in the programming competition on the college level. The department hosts a very good programming competition in May and they get participants from across the state of Florida. My students placed 1st in 2003!! Dr. Ali Orooji [] is sharing some past problems to prepare for this years event. They will be celebrating their 20th year doing this contest. Kudos to them for supporting high school ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:53 AM

Dotnetnuke 4 webcast
Stan Schultes and Russ Fustino( you know the Tool Shed guy) did a great job on their introduction to Dotnetnuke 4 webcasts yesterday. This was a live webcast out of Tampa, FL. Stan is a developer in the Sarasota FL area and a big evangelist for dotnetnuke. I had Stan on my webcast when I taked about dotnetnuke architecture. In fact, Stan was my teacher over a year and a half ago at the Orlando Ineta dotnetnuke bootcamp. Go to his site and check it out ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:56 AM

Are you doing the Brrreeeport?

The Scobleizer is testing out blog search engines so what the heck try it.

So, here’s the brrreeeport report. You can participate. Just add the word “brrreeeport” to your blog. Or, even better, do that and then give it a tag too.

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:47 AM

So what do you use to learn about new technology?
With the new version of ASP.NET 2.0, I've been quite impressed with the variety of training material that is available to use to learn. There's webcasts, online tutorials, video lessons, online books, virtual labs and books from Wrox or Microsoft. There's nothing like getting your hands dirty after you learn something new and work on a small project to make sure what you learned works for you. For me, I like the Wrox books to learn new things. Presently, I've been reading Beginning ASP.NET by Chris ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 8:30 AM

What is a CodeCamp?
A Code Camp is basically an all day developer geekfest. There have been several of these CodeCamps in Florida and across the US. I had an opportunity to speak at a Code Camp that was held in Ft. Lauderdale last spring. It was a fun event usually held on a Saturday and its a FREE event too! This year there will be a Code Camp held on Saturday, March 25th at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. Joe Healy from Microsoft has been the leader of the Florida events and the agenda has always ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 4:49 AM

New Forum for the Marine Biology Case Study
There is a new forum established on for those AP CS teachers who are teaching the Marine Biology Case Study. Check it out and post what your doing with your students.

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 7:45 AM

Virutal Labs- It's almost like being there!
I took a virtual lab today on What's New with Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0. This type of training is ideal for classroom teachers who want to introduce new concepts to their students without having to install the software in their lab. Many teachers that I've talked to always tell me that they would love to train their students on new technology but their computers are slow or the technology department will not allow them to install new software in the lab for some reason. These frustrated ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 6:04 AM

Who says programming can't be fun?
Imagine that you are the only one who can save a person, a city, or even a nation. And imagine that you must provide the right combination of strategy and programming skill to save the day. The Project Hoshimi - Programming Battle brings to life the world of Professor Hoshimi and his crew of scientists and programming experts in a fantasy of life and death. This competition uses a background story, comic-style graphics and coding challenges to test the skills of student programmers from across the ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 11:53 AM

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