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Susan Canaga Computer Science Teacher (Former Software Dev Manager)
A request of IT and computer science professionals....... High school teachers are looking for an industry perspective on what programming languages should be taught in high school.... Some teachers feel that Visual Basic is not useful in industry. Others find that jumping into C# and Java is too much for a student that has no exposure to programming. ......

Which software will be chosen for the cereal box? Recall that I had two development teams spread over two periods. One period had five team members, and the other had two team members. The project scenario involved the teams vying to create the “Hunt for the Wombat” game that would be selected for the Big SemiColon cereal box. Here's how ......

The Hunt for the Wombat continues! The project was received with a bit of disbelief that there was actually some work of substance to be done after the AP tests. But we grabbed our darts and power cells, and seven students began working in two teams on this project. One period has five students on the team, and a snag came when over the half the team ......

Last week I launched the “Hunt for the Wombat” project that Microsoft is providing as a download from www.mainfunction.com. Not only are the students working in teams to program a graphic game, they are learning about the bigger picture of the software development process. I ran a pilot of this project last year, and I assumed the role of ......

Always look for opportunities to practice and coach troubleshooting. One came for me the other day with the classroom stapler... A bright student in a hurry urgently asks me, “Mrs. Canaga, Mrs. Canaga...the stapler won't work!” As thoughts rolled through my head (like...what has someone done to the stapler now?), I stopped and asked, “Well, ......

My “specialty” is the software development process and project management. I was a programmer, analyst and manager for 15 years, before I found my passion for education. This is my 8th year with the Issaquah School District in Washington state, and I teach a variety of high school technology courses that include hardware and operating systems, ......

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