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SIGCSE 2014 a Great Opportunity for Professional Development

I just got back from Atlanta where, while wearing one of my other hats, I helped to put together the program for the SIGCSE conference to be held March 5-8, 2014, in Atlanta, GA.

I have never seen so much K-12 content at SIGCSE before. As the panels and special session chair, I was happy to have so many quality K-12 proposals submitted.

There will be panels and special sessions sessions on:

  • using MOOCs to provide professional development for K-12 teachers,
  • looking at how K-12 CS is taught around the world,
  • using POGIL to teach introductory computing (with the CSTA Board's own Tammy Pirmann),
  • useful teaching tips for K-12 educators (with Stephanie Hoeppner, also from the CSTA board, and also with Baker Franke and Josh Paley),
  • an update on the CS 10K project (getting 10,000 highly qualified teachers to teach K-12 CS),
  • two sessions from the CS Principles folks (one of those is with the ECS folks), and
  • a session on the AP exams.
  • There are also a large number of interesting and relevant papers, as well as many useful workshops (the workshops, unfortunately, are not free). I really wish that SIGCSE followed CSTA's lead in videotaping sessions, as there are several times when there will many relevant events for K-12 teachers, and for those college faculty interested in K-12 issues.

    Hope to see many of you at SIGCSE this year!

    Steve Cooper
    CSTA Past Chair

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