One of the really great things I get to do is to attend conferences. I find these to be great experiences for me. The people who attend education conferences are among the smartest and most interesting people I get to meet. In October I am going to be at the CCSC Eastern conference at St Joseph's College in Patchogue New York. I'm even going to make a presentation and take part in a panel discussion. That should all be fun.
But most of all I am looking forward to listening to others talk. The banquet speaker is going to be Dr. Robert Metcalfe who will talk about "The Ethernet and Beyond." One doesn't get to hear speakers like Bob Metcalfe every day! There are a number of other very interesting looking keynotes and concurrent sessions. If past history is any indication there will be interesting and educational conversations in hallways, at meals and around the exhibit hall as well.
One of the other exciting things about this conference is that there are special sessions available for K-12 teachers and pre-service teachers. Colleges and universities are really getting onboard with supporting pre-collegiate computer science and this is evidence of that. If you are in the area or if attendance at this conference is practical for you and you are a pre-college computer science teacher this will probably be a good use of some of your professional development time and money.
I hope to see some of my readers there. If you are coming please make sure to look me up and say "hi!"
And by the way, the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) has ten regions and I believe they all have conferences. So if you are not in the eastern region you may want to visit their web site and look for a conference near you. I've been to a number of them over the years and they have all been well worth my while.
(Microsoft is a national level sponsor and it looks like members of my team will be at several of these conferences this year. If you see them tell them I said to say hello.)