This is another 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. SIGCSE and the CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology conference are and away my favorite events of the year. Not that I don’t love TCEA and ISTE but the ratio of good CS conversations at these two events is just over the top cool for those of us interested in Computer Science education. As usual, the SIGCSE committee is trying to meet the needs of K-12 computing teachers and not just the higher education faculty that make up the majority of the attendees. Oh and yes Microsoft will be there. Right now it looks like I will be doing a lab on Kodu for the Kids Camp that has become a fixture at SIGCSE.
SIGCSE 2012 is coming to Raleigh, NC Wednesday February 29 through Saturday March 3. The SIGCSE Technical Symposium addresses problems common among educators working to develop, implement and/or evaluate computing programs, curricula, and courses. The symposium provides a forum for sharing new ideas for syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy, at all levels of instruction. Information on SIGCSE 2012 may be found online at: http://www.sigcse.org/sigcse2012/attendees/
In recognition of the special circumstances many K-12 teachers face with respect to funding conference attendance, special rates are available for either Friday only or Friday and Saturday. The two day rate includes the Saturday Banquet Luncheon. The conference schedule has been created with K-12 educators in mind with many sessions available Friday and Saturday that are of interest to us.
Information on hotel accommodations is available on the SIGCSE website. The Clarion Raleigh Hotel State Capital provides a more economical option and is within easy walking distance (8 blocks) of the convention center. There is also a free city shuttle that provides transportation from the Clarion to the convention center. There are many restaurants in downtown Raleigh that are easily accessible on foot from the convention center or the conference hotels.
Online registration is available now. The early registration deadline is January 30, 2012. SIGCSE is a large conference and hotel space will book rapidly. You should make your reservations as soon as possible after registering for the conference.
This email is being sent to CSTA members. Please share it with your colleagues who may be interested in attending.
I look forward to seeing you in Raleigh for SIGCSE 2012.
SIGCSE 2012 High School Liaison