Friday, November 02, 2012

Computer Science Education Blog Roll

I thought I had moved a copy of this to my current blogging location but it appears not. Just an attempt to help others find great computer science education blogs. These are not really in any particular order.  If there are more blogs I should be listing (and following myself) please let me know in the comments and I will edit them in.

  • Stacey Armstrong is a computer science teacher at Cypress Woods High School in Houston, TX. An accomplished APCS teacher and certified APCS consultant for the College Board. He writes about general CS concepts and issues.
  • Doug Off The Record Doug Peterson’s blog is a lot more than just computer science education but I do get some great CS links from him. It’s a great blog for anyone interesting in teaching with technology as well as teaching about technology. It’s one of my top reads every day. BTW follow him on Twitter @DougPete
  • Doug Bergman is the award winning head of Computer Science at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, SC
  • Laura Blankenship  writes mostly about teaching CS at an all girls' school.  And the occasional post about her kids.
  • Ray Chambers is an ICT teacher Lodge Park Technology Collect in Corby Northamptonshire, England. Ray is huge in developing applications that use Kinect in education. I find his projects both inspiring and potentially quite useful.
  • Ben Chun  teaches computer science at a large urban public school in California.
  • Garth's CS Teacher Blog  Garth Flint is a teacher at a private Catholic school in western Montana. Garth always gives me things to think about.
  • Johnny Kissko KinectEDucation Blog “KinectEDucation is an educator-driven community resource for developers, teachers, students, enthusiasts, and any other education stakeholder to promote the use of Kinect applications in classrooms.”
  • Josh Paley Cheaper than Rogaine  A computer science teacher at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA, and a co-founder of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association.
  • Leigh Ann Sudol-DeLyser In need of a Base Case Leigh Ann Sudol is currently a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University but was a high school computer science teacher in New York state for a number of years. Leigh Ann is the person who trained me to grade the AP CS exam the year I was a reader. She has an amazingly quick mind and talks fast at times as well. Fortunately she writes well; unfortunately she doesn’t write as often as I’d like. But what she writes is very good.
  • CSTA Blog The CSTA blog is updated by various members of the CSTA board. I find it essential for keeping up with news from CSTA.  I highly recommend CSTA membership for anyone who teachers computer science in pre-collegiate education.
  • Communications of the ACM: blog@CACM The CACM blog has posts from some of the top people in computer science. Some of the posts are very technical but many are potentially interesting for students, teachers and CS hobbyists alike.
  • Mark Guzdial – Georgia Tech, GA, US Computing Education Blog  Mark is probably doing more research in how to teach computer science right than anyone else I know. His posts include information about the CS Principles course, he is on the advisory board, which will probably be a new APCS course. He talks about the work they are doing at Georgia Tech both in terms of teaching new and different courses there as well as the Georgia Computes! program that is helping to develop more CS education at the HS level in Georgia. I wish I wrote half as well as Mark. Whether if be his commentary on the various articles he finds or information about his own work or discussion of  things his graduate students are doing what you will find here are well thought out, well written and informative posts. His are the first posts I read most days.
  • Eugene Wallingford, University of Northern Iowa, IW, US Knowing and Doing Eugene writes a lot about the things he does in class and I find this very informative. Teaching and Learning is the top item in his blog categories list. Computing and Software Development as close behind. This is another blog I like for its well thought out and well written posts. And like a lot of Mark Guzdial’s posts, the posts here often make me think. And I am always learning from this blog as well. From insights into pedagogy to societal issues in computing I find a lot of value in this blog.
  • Gail Carmichael, PhD student at Carleton University in Canada The Female Perspective of Computer Science I like this blog for its perspective and for the insights she shares from the courses and workshops that she teachers. She also does research in augmented reality and has good knowledge of games as teaching tools. And of course gender equity, something I care deeply about, is something she is well qualified to write about. So I learn a lot.
  • Rob Miles – Hull University, UK Rob Miles' Journal The first thing you have to know about Rob is that he has a great sense of humor. The second thing is that he knows what he is talking about with regards to game development and programming for mobile devices. Rob has written a lot of good curriculum resources and is one heck of a speaker. On his blog he shares a lot of his resources as well as a lot about his life. This is not all tech all the time by any means. So if you take things too seriously read about the other blogs here. But for me I enjoy his travel talk and outstanding photography as well as the insights into teaching and software development. Rob is one of the first bloggers I ever started reading and I enjoy his work a great deal.
  • Mike Zamansky Mike runs the computer science program at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. He’s a very creative person. he’s also built and maintained a community of students who stay connected after graduation.
  • Planet CAS an aggregation of "Blogs about Computing at School in the UK." Some very good writers contribute there. I just recently discovered this system and I should have had it in here before I was reminded in the comments.
  •  What You Teach By Tracy Rudzitis who teaches computer classes to 6th and 7th graders.
  • Teaching Computer Science by Crystal Furman, Computer Science Teacher, Brookwood High School, Gwinnett County Public Schools.
  • Computing Education a research blog about computer science education by Cait Sydney Pickens, a graduate student at Michigan State University and a Noogler. A Noogler is a new employee at Google by  the way. She is doing some cs education research.
  • - Cody's CS Education Blog
  • Coding to Learn  Marc Scott is a computer science teacher in the UK. Also on twitter at @Coding2Learn
  • John Olson Computer Science and Applications Teacher International School of Aberdeen
  • Jim Huggins Kettering University 
  • Existential Type Robert Harper, Carnegie Mellon University – Very technical and I don’t always follow everything

3 comments:

Mike Zamansky said...

Alfred,

Just wanted to let you know, I've moved to http://cestlaz.github.com

Mike

Robert St. Amant said...

I've gotten a lot of value from Planet CAS, an aggregation of "Blogs about Computing at School in the UK." Some very good writers contribute there.

Alfred Thompson said...

I've made the updates and additions suggested in the comments. I'm always looking for more so feel free to leave them in the comments.