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…


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 (CS&IT) Conference can. With your registration fee of $50 you…


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 be the closing keynote at…


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….


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 but still…


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) So you  still have time…


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…


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 again this year. Yesterday the CSTA sent the following their membership….


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…


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…