Teaching Teachers

Next week is the CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology Conference in Irvine CA. I’m taking part in a session on July 10th covering phone app development. I’m a little nervous about it. Partly that is because I am one of three people presenting different development environments for different types of phones. You know I…


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…


Keeping it real

Lee Kolbert wrote a blog post (Dear Will Richardson ) that I see as a real call to action for those of us who promote ourselves as experts working to help teachers do their jobs better. The basic suggestion is that those of us who have been out of the classroom for 5 to 10…


The Best and Most Innovative Teachers

Being somewhat opinionated about the subject (who am I kidding – most subjects) and at the same time being more or less incapable of keeping my opinions to myself I have written here about what makes a good teacher a number of times. I’ve talked about subject matter expertise and passion for the subject and…


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…


How Young Can/Should You Start Teaching Programming?

Or perhaps how young should you try? And to top if off, why do you want to start them so young in the first place? I received the following from a teacher friend of mine the other day and it has had me thinking ever since. Can you please tell me why anyone thinks it…


Teaching Teachers and Students Together

The other day Chris Bowen (that’s Chris working with students below) and I gave a Kodu workshop for a group of students and teachers in Vermont. This was a train the trainer sort of work shop and the students will be acting as peer tutors as part of after school programs in their local schools….


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….