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At the Microsoft MVP summit today, Bill Gates gave the keynote to 1800 MVP award recipients from all over the world. Before the session, many people were already in line. My thoughts were to eat breakfast fast and then get in line to get a good seat. In line it was a great experience for me to be able to be with people from all over the world. In front of me were a group from Brazil and they have a great sense of humor even though I had no clue what they were speaking in Portugese. To my right side were two men from Italy and to my left was a group from Japan. The atmosphere was very electric for the start of a great summit. Bill Gates was introduced and immediately a standing ovation. He spoke about the past and getting the company started and eventually spoke about the future. If you've read any of his speeches before then you'll get an idea of what he said because it was a pretty standard talk. After the presentation, there was a question and answer period and I immediately got up to ask him a question. What I didn't know was that I was going to be the first one to ask him a question. I iintroduced myself to him and then asked him if Computer Science Education was dead! I then told him that I was part of the Microsoft Faculty Advisory Board which is now defunct because of budget. I also told him that I wrote curriculum for high school teachers to use and I also trained teachers as well. All these are not being done at all because of a budget cut. His reply to me was that he was not aware that Microsoft was not doing these things and that he'll look into it. He also addressed the question of Computer Science Education being dead by saying that we need to do a better job of getting the brighter students into our classes. Hopefully, he'll look into that as well. Needless to say, it was an exciting day for me to be able to ask a billionaire a question. Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:25 PM Teaching with ASP.NET , Teaching AP CS , Celebrate Computer Science Education , XNA Programming | Back to top

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