Today is Grace Hopper’s birthday. An amazing woman I was fortunate enough to meet while in college and hear speak several times during my career. It’s also part of Computer Science Education week and that is no coincidence. The week of Admiral Hopper’s birthday was a natural selection for the celebration of computing education. Through many roles in her career Admiral Hopper always thought of education of the next generation as a key part of her life’s work.
Speaking of CS Ed Week and the signature event of this year – the Hour of Code – the media is starting to pick up the news. For example in this article Cnet discusses the Hour of Code
On the CSTA Blog, CSTA executive director Chris Stephenson writes about some Concerns About a Computer-Based AP CS Principles Exam. Not on the curriculum but on the plans to only offer the exam on computers. Take a look and leave your opinion in the comments section there.
Have you never been to the SIGCSE Conference? For the first time there are some travel grants for first timers to attend SIGCSE 2014. Thanks to Henry Walker! http://sigcse.org/travelGrant
Do you use Alice to teach programming? Did you know that Students Can Create Animations of Garfield the Cat With New Version of Carnegie Mellon's Alice Software? Cool!
Everything Is Becoming a Branch of Computer Science from Innovation Insights at http://Wired.com
Why Teachers Must Have a Digital Footprint What do you think? Are they right?
The Boston Globe covers the Bootstrap program for integrating algebra and computing:
What’s the difference between college-level and corporate programming? More or less than you thought?