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New Computing & Careers site for students
ACM has created a nice site for students to take a look at to learn more about careers in Computer Science. http://computingcareers.acm.org/ The site lists the top 10 reasons to major in computing along with some description of computer disciplines. The majors and career opportunities are discussed as well. Finally, there's a nice brochure teachers and guidance counselors can give out to their students. Thanks ACM for a great job on the site!

Posted On Thursday, November 30, 2006 1:39 PM

High School Programming Contests
I have a team of 3 of my AP students who will be travelling to Stetson University in Deland, FL to compete at their annual programming competition. In past years, I've always had a team go and I really enjoy visiting the campus at Stetson. My oldest daughter, Erin, graduated from Stetson and it is a great school. The ACM students run the competition and the faculty are judges. Several years ago, our school placed third in the competition which was nice. Believe it or not, it really doesn't matter ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 12:24 PM

So what are you doing to celebrate Computer Science Education on Friday, December 8th?
At Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, FL, we'll be celebrating Computer Science Education in a couple of ways. I have some outstanding guest speakers that will be visiting our school and talking to our students. Scott Faris will be talking to my AP class about his company. Mrs. Frank who runs a very successful online business selling childrens clothes will be coming in to speak to my Web Design class. Finally, Joe Healy, from Microsoft will be bringing Bill Reiss from Tampa to speak to my Honors Programming ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 11:46 AM

Teaching DotNetNuke skins and containers
This week my students were learning how to create a new container for their dotnetnuke site and how to skin as well. Creating a container requires students to create a css file that includes the font, family style and color of the heading that they want. .CompSciContainerTitle { font-weight:bold; font-size:200%; color:#339933; } An html file is then created which includes An html file is created which includes: [SOLPARTACTIONS][TITLE][VIS... [SOLPARTACTIONS][TITLE][VIS... these are dotnetnuke ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 1:38 PM

JAVA an OPEN SOURCE Project....YES!
USA TODAY reports that Computer server and software maker Sun Microsystems Inc. said Monday that it had begun to make its Java technology an open-source software project available for free on the Internet. The announcement represents one of the largest additions of computer code to the open-source community — and it marks a major shift for a company that had once fiercely protected the source code used in 3.8 billion cellphones, supercomputers, medical devices and other gadgets. I wonder if other ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 12:09 PM

Dotnetnuke Camtasia Videos
I have some videos that I created that I'd like to share with anyone interested. They follow the curriculum for the dotnetnuke coures I created. You can find the course here: https://www.mainfunction.com/Resources/resourceLibrary.aspx You can find the videos here: http://www.lhps.org/scarbeau/CamtasiaDNN/ Enjoy!

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 6:54 AM

Google Docs and Spreadsheets is a great tool for students
Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your student group's homework assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan. · Get started quickly. Import your existing documents and spreadsheets, or create new ones from scratch. · Edit your documents and spreadsheets ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 1:16 PM

Teaching different roles and security with dotnetnuke
Well, my students have successfully created a small module of their own using Visual Web Developer Express and have placed them on their page so we are now continuing our learnign of dotnetnuke. We now review the dotnetnuke accounts that can be created. In addition, we'll review the roles of the administrator and the host. The students will learn to modify the css that comes with dotnetnuke. They will also create a new portal for the student website they will be creating in a week. Next week will ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 11:25 AM

CollegeBoard AP 2006 AP Instructional Planning Report
Today in my mailbox at school I received the College Board 2006 Instructional Planning Report for my AP Computer Science course. It gives me many statistics along with the overall grade distributions which will compare my students with the rest of the students who took this exam back in May. A little lesson on the AP exam. The exam is given to AP students and in Computer Science it consists of 40 multiple choice questions and 4 free response questions where the students need to write methods correctly. ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 2:08 PM

Tech Student Entrepreneurs selling ad space on their spacecraft
Want to promote your business in space? Or just have your name fly by the planets? Well, you can sign up at this site and in 2010 watch the spacecraft launch into orbit with your name or logo on it just like the NASCAR cars. On the website they claim that we’re a group of students at MIT and Georgia Tech, looking for ways to share the excitement of space exploration with the world AND launch our spacecraft at the same time. We’re here to offer you a tax-deductible way to share your message or inspiration ......

Posted On Friday, November 3, 2006 7:28 AM

I think they are getting it....Learning dotnetnuke that is...
Yesterday, I gave my students their first test on what we were doing in our web design class using dotnetnuke. I was quite happy with the grading and the class average was an 86! The students learned how to build parent and child pages and learned how to place modules on those pages and modify the settings as well. In addition, they learned how to upload 3rd party modules and use them on pages as well. They will be building their own modules next week in class. My fingers are crossed that the success ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 12:28 PM

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