Supposedly spring arrived in New England last week. The daffodils working their way up in my front yard suggest that may actually have happened. The piles of snow that still fill other parts of my yard suggests I not get too excited yet. I hope the weather where you are has been good. Rather than bore you with more small talk about the weather here now some links I think you may be more interested in reading.
First off some Computer Science Teachers Association news.
- Are You Coming to the 2014 CSTA Conference? Well are you?
- CSTA Teacher Leader Testifies in Illinois and the related call for help Illinois Educators – Action Needed.
- CSTA Launches Job Board – are you looking for a job teaching computer science? Or perhaps you are a school/district looking for a computer science teacher? Now there is a jobs board just for you.
There was some discussion about how teaching computer science can be difficult this week. Check out:
Mark Guzdial shares A kind of worked examples for large classrooms. I wonder about sharing links to Mark’s blog only because if you are teaching computer science you should be a regular reader of his blog. And then I remember that some link love will help more people find his stuff so I link for that reason as well as to highlight stuff I think is particularly good.
Code.Org has started naming teachers of the month and students of the week.
- Congratulations to
@codeorg 's first TOTM! She's a 6th grade language Arts teacher who integrated CS in her course.
- ANYBODY CAN LEARN — Student of the Week “I have a lot of ideas I want to create with code!”
Politicians seem to be noticing computer science as an issue lately.
- Martha Coakley - The Importance of Expanding Computer Science Education in Massachusetts – Coakley is the current Attorney General of Massachusetts and is a candidate for governor.
- Lawmakers call for more computer science in California schools
Mike Zamansky (another blog you should be reading regularly) writes about Teaching Sorting - Subtle Errors