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  • Blog Post: Post CS & IT 2012 Thoughts

    The first part of this week was spent in Irvine CA for the 2012 CS & IT Conference . It’s amazing how this event just gets better and better every year. I only wish more computer science teachers could make it there. Being in California we had a lot of teachers from that state but not as many from...
  • Blog Post: A reminder–CS & IT Conference 2012

    Have you signed up for the best value in computer science education professional development? In today's economy, finding value for your professional development dollar is key. Not many international conferences can make the claim that they offer this but the Computer Science & Information Technology...
  • Blog Post: What Do Magic and Computer Science Have in Common?

    Industrial Light and Magic has got to be one of the coolest company names I have ever heard. It doesn’t hurt that what they do is also pretty darn cool. The Computer Science Teachers Association just announced that Alex Suter, Research & Development Engineer for Industrial Light & Magic will...
  • Blog Post: Why Universities Should Host High School Programming Contests

    I finished up last week with a trip to Western New England University where they were running a high school programming contest. I love these events because I think they have real value for the students and the teachers who bring them. For the students the values start with seeing that they are not alone...
  • Blog Post: Register for CSTA's 2012 Annual CS&IT Conference

    CSTA's Annual CS&IT Conference This is the big and best professional development event of the year for middle and high school computer science educators. The program of session and workshops gets better every year and this year looks to be no exception. (I may be biased as I am on the program committee...
  • Blog Post: CS & IT 2012–Participate Actively!

    Back in the end of November I posted the call for proposals for the 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference. Did you see it? Have you been thinking about a proposal? have you submitted a proposal yet? The deadline is rapidly approaching (January 31st 2012 is the deadline...
  • Blog Post: Help Shape the CSTA Annual Conference: Be a Proposal Reviewer

    This is one of several recent “CSTA Blasts” that I am posting on my blog. If you are a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association you will have seen this and I apologize for the duplication. If you are a computer science educator, especially in K12, you should be a member. The annual CSTA CS...
  • Blog Post: 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference.

    The Computer Science Teachers Association runs what I consider the single best and most important professional development events of the year for computer science educators - the Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference . I’m honored and excited  to be on the program committee...
  • Blog Post: CS & IT 2011 Day 3

    I’m not sure I can do yesterday justice. It was awesome of course but I am also exhausted from all the activity and travel of late. (Doug Peterson has a great post about this day as well. Read it here .) I’m taking some vacation time coming up and I hope to come back recharged. But I’m...
  • Blog Post: CS & IT Conference Day 1 - 2011

    This year CSTA is trying a bunch of new things with the CS & IT Conference. First off we added a workshop day on the front end. So yesterday there were a number of three hour workshops. You can see what was offered on the CS & IT agenda . I sat in on Video Game Programming with Microsoft XNA...
  • Blog Post: Award Winning Keynoters at CSTA's Annual CS&IT Conference 2011

    This year, CSTA’s annual CS&IT conference will include two fabulous keynoters: *Douglas Rushkoff*: award-winning author of Program or be Programmed . *Ken Perlin*: Academy Award winner for his work on Perlin Noise, which allows computer graphics artists to better represent the complexity of natural...
  • Blog Post: Register Now for CSTA's Annual CS&IT Conference 2011

    You are cordially invited to attend the 11h annual Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium at Columbia University Faculty House in New York, NY! July 11, 12, & 13, 2011 Columbia University, New York July 11: Hands-on Workshops July 12: Keynotes and Breakouts July 13: Imagine Cup Activities...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 21 February 2011

    I spent several days in New York City as part of the program committee for CSTA’s Computer Science and Information Technology conference . This year all of the presentations were selected from proposals submitted for review. We’ll also have a day of workshops which were also reviewed. A third day will...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 27 December 2010

    If you are like me and like most teachers you are still on vacation. You have had enough of celebrations and eating large meals and finally have some time to think. If you read a lot of blogs you will notice that a lot of people are not blogging. I am addicted though – or so I am told – so still have...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 20 December 2010

    I’ve been on vacation since a week ago and gotten a lot done. My office is now neater and cleaner than it has been since my wife and I created it out of an unused bedroom. In between working on the office and trying to relax I have been unable to stay away from the computer or off the Internet though...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Teacher Education

    Mark Guzdial makes a strong case that the Best hope for CS Teacher Education is in-service, not pre-service . Basically there is not enough demand for strong pre-service CS teacher education because there are not enough people in education programs who have as a goal teaching CS as their main topic....
  • Blog Post: CS&IT 2011 — Call for Proposals

    The Computer Science Teachers Association sent out a call for proposals for the Annual CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium (for 2011) today. This year the event will be expanded in length and will be held in New York, NY July 11-13, 2011. Yes, the Big Apple! This is the biggest...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 29 November 2010

    I hope everyone (US anyway) had a great Thanksgiving last week. For me it was a good time with fun, food and family. We had a great time with my new Kinect sensor with Xbox 360. A great way to work off Thanksgiving dinner. With much of the week off (hooray for a 5 day weekend) I didn’t Tweet a whole...
  • Blog Post: XNA and Game Development and Expression Web and Web Design Talks

    Last summer I helped present two talks at the CSTA CS & IT Symposium. In both cases I had small rolls with Pat Philips doing almost all of the talking on the talk about the Expression Web course. Steve Scanlan, an wonderful classroom teacher, did most of the talking after my introduction of game...
  • Blog Post: Running On Empty

    The ACM and CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) released a report this week called “ Running On Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age .” The report was announced at an event for Computing in the Core , whose founding members include Microsoft , Google and other...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 20 September 2010

    I’m happy to see that the Microsoft student website won the “Outstanding Website” award in the Education category from the Web Marketing Association. /Student as we call it is a very useful site for students to look for information about Microsoft tools, progucts, programs and special...
  • Blog Post: Fixing the Computer Science Problem with an Act of Congress

    Bills get written and submitted to Congress without getting passed all the time but if nothing else the process often gets the discussion going. A recent bill to assess and help improve the state of K-12 Computer Science Education has recently been introduced and conversation has started. From Education...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links July 19th 2010

    I spent some time in California at the CSTA CS & IT Symposium last week. Great stuff to learn and a lot (though never enough) of time to talk to friends both old and new. Doug Peterson has a good review of the event ( 2010 CSIT Symposium ) as does Hélène Martin ( Computer Science Teachers Conference...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 17 May 2010

    I have quite an eclectic mix of links this week. Some career information, some Windows Phone programming links, Internet safety, school IT information and more. I hope you’ll read through it all and find something that is useful to you. If you are interested in more frequent update you can follow me...
  • Blog Post: K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop

    The Computer Science Teachers Association sent out an announcement about an upcoming workshop hosted in Partnership with the  Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology conference. http://gracehopper.org/2010/k-12-computing-teachers...
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