In the past week I traveled from NYC to Boston for the CSTA annual conference, then on to Las Vegas for the APCS Principles Pilot II training and the AP National Conference.
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In other words, my brain is full, but full of good things.
Unless you have been wilderness camping for the last 6 months you may have noticed a few things going on in computer science education.
I'll be posting more details about all of these projects soon, but some highlights:
- Code.org - http://www.code.org/ - There's the video, which everyone should see. They are also building up some great advocacy resources, worth a look. Plus, I got to have dinner with Hadi and Pat. So exciting to have incredible people committed to computer science education. They are a huge part of the interest in computer science education right now.
- Computer Science Education Week - http://www.csedweek.org/ - Do you have your plans yet? Dec 8 - 14th, better get on it.
- Expanding Computing Education Pathways - http://expandingcomputing.cs.umass.edu/ - "Alliance seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the pipeline to computing and computing-intensive degrees by supporting state-level computing education reforms." I got to attend a great workshop from ECEP at CSTA National lest week - really exciting momentum. I am especially glad to hear more about the role of community colleges in preparing our kids.
- Exploring Computer Science - http://www.exploringcs.org/ - They are coming to Washington DC, and I am really hoping to attend a training in the next year. I got to do a PD workshop with them at CSTA, and hands down the best PD I have attended. One of those where you walk away going "Well, the last 16 years of my career have been nice, but now I know how to make it better."
- Hour of Code - http://www.csedweek.org/ - they are asking folks to organize to give beginners 1 hour of code for every one of the country's 55 million school children...ideas? Let me know!
- http://sitwithme.org/ - "Sometimes you have to sit to take a stand. Sit With Me invites you to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in a red chair and share your story."