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Are You Here at CSIT?

The CSTA annual CS&IT conference began this morning and it looks as though it will be another spectacular two days of professional development for computer science and IT teachers.

Today is workshop day with four half-day workshops in the morning and another four in the afternoon. So far the reports on the morning workshops have been great and the afternoon seems to be going well.

Tonight is the reception and lab tour hosted by UC Irvine.

Tomorrow is the main conference day beginning in the morning with a dynamic keynote on the current education policy landscape and why it is critical for teachers to begin speaking up and doing effective advocacy and outreach to support computer science education in schools.

During the day there will be 20 more sessions focussing on every possible aspect of computer science education.

And at the end of the day, before the Truly Fabulous Raffle, there will be a mind-blowing keynote by Alex Sutter from Industrial Light and Magic with all kind of graphics and animation sneak peaks from new blockbuster movies.

All of the information about the conference is available on the website at:


And all of the presenter materials will be posted here after the conference.

If you are here at the conference, send us a tweet on the conference hash tag:


And if not, please come next year.

Chris Stephenson
Executive Director, CSTA


Just finished up a Big Data workshop led by Tammy Pirmann, a fellow CSTA board member. Loved her focus on pedagogy. She not only gave us great ideas on how to teach a fairly large unit on big data, but she walked us through her entire unit. It was extremely helpful to see the lesson in action, rather than just read about it.

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