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The Purple Voice is Going Green

As I sit down to work on the November 2013 issue of the Voice newsletter, it occurs to me what a significant transformation this issue represents. The CSTA Voice is going green! And along with a departure from nearly 10 years of print tradition, comes many new and exciting opportunities alongside the comfort and traditions you've come to expect.

The primary goal of the Voice is to provide analysis and commentary on issues relating to K-12 computer science education issues, resources for educators, and information for member. That's not going to change.

If you value the printed copy of the Voice, you will be able to download and print a copy to slide on to the principal's desk or read and dog-ear at your convenience. That's not going to change.

I welcome your suggestions for topics and offers to write for the Voice. Your expertise and sights are what make the Voice a valuable resource for CSTA members. That's not going to change.

But some things will change:

  • Each month you will receive an e-mail notice (Voice Highlights) to will alert you that the next issue of the Voice is ready for you to read online or to download. The notice will include brief descriptions of articles with links to take you right to the content you are interested in.
  • Typically, article submissions are not accepted after about seven weeks prior to when you expect to find the print Voice in your postal mailbox. With a much shorter electronic publication process, the Voice articles can be much timelier.
  • CSTA will save nearly $60,000 in publishing and postage costs. That's nothing to sneeze at!
  • And of course, there are the environmental impacts to consider. In addition to the fuel savings from production and delivery, the electronic version will save over three tons of paper each year!
  • All things considered, this is the right move for us. I'm delighted with the change. I'm sure you will be too. Please let me hear from you soon with your topic ideas for the new green Voice.

    Pat Phillips, Editor
    CSTA Voice


    As usual, highly enlightening as well as helpful posting
    on Computer Science Teachers Association:
    The Purple Voice is Going Green.

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