Well we now know who the keynote speakers will be for this summer’s Annual CSTA Conference. I have heard Michael Kölling before and he is a really good speaker. He has done a lot of work with teaching CS with various tools such and BlueJ and Greenfoot. Both of those were developed by him and his team at the University of Kent.
I don’t know as much about Yasmin Kafai but the topic sounds very interesting.
CSTA is excited to announce our keynote speakers for 2014!
Yasmin Kafai is a researcher, co-developer, author and professor of learning sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her doctorate from Harvard University and is a Fellow of the American Education Research Association. Kafai’s discussion titled “Connected Code: A New Agenda for K-12 Programming in Classrooms, Clubs, and Communities” will cover three central shifts that lead us from computational thinking to computational participation—from code to applications, from tools to communities, and from scratch to remix—in teaching and learning programming to broaden participation in computing for all.
Michael Kölling is a professor at the School of Computing, University of Kent, in Canterbury, UK. He holds a PhD in computer science from Sydney University and has worked in Europe and Australia. He is also an author and lead-developer of educational programming environments and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Kölling will discuss “What’s Next for CS Education: Thoughts on Topics, Tools, and All the Rest.” In his talk, Kölling will share his speculations and opinions on what should happen in the near future for computer science education, focusing on educational software tools.
Please join us at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois July 14-15, 2014.
Learn more on our conference page at: http://csta.acm.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/sub/CSTAConference.html
and register today at: https://www.softconf.com/d/csta2014/