"SIG for Computing Teachers Newsletter"
SIG for Computing Teachers Newsletter June, 2009 (V2 #10) Welcome to issue V2 #10 of our SIGCT Newsletter for 2008-2009. This is intended to notify you about SIGCT activities, upcoming events, notable news, NECC 2009 info and just about anything else that is useful for SIGCT members. If you have information you would like to contribute to this newsletter, please email Joe Kmoch < email@example.com > Enjoy! --- NECC 2009: Five Important items for you! Monday, June 29, 7:30am - 10:30am: SIGCT Third Annual Breakfast Forum - Please register for our forum on the NECC site by June 17, 2009. Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast, networking with your SIGCT colleagues and hear two speakers on important and interesting topics: Computational Thinking and Security. The cost to you is $20. Tuesday, June 30, 11:00am: SIGCT Annual Business Meeting - come join in the discussions about the current activities and the future of SIGCT led by our new President, Jeff Foster. Tuesday, June 30: 4:30pm: SIGCT-sponsored Workshop "Algorithmic Thinking is Fun: Computer Science Experiences in Grades K-8". Sign up for our SIGCT-sponsored Workshop. Michelle Hutton, Karen North and Carol Amaral-Ly are working hard on a workshop that will fun, interesting and useful to all attendees. Please register on the NECC registration page by June 17. The cost is $109. Gotta Have IT Resource Kit - Stop by the NCWIT/SIGCT booth to pick up your copy of this newly updated resource kit. These will be available starting after the keynote speech on Sunday evening and throughout the conference in the exhibit area. Thanks to all those SIGCT members who volunteered to help distribute this newly updated and useful resource. Also note next Fall's webinar on the use of this kit later in this newsletter. Updated list of SIGCT recommendations: Don't forget about our list of recommended sessions , workshops, posters, etc at NECC 2009. This lists includes our Top 20 recommendations and expands upon that list. Find it on our SIGCT Wiki < http://sigct.iste.wikispaces.net/ > If you have questions or have trouble registering, please contact Joe Kmoch directly: firstname.lastname@example.org --- CSIT Symposium - The 10th annual 2009 Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) Symposium, sponsored by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) will take place Saturday, June 27, 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, in conjunction with NECC, the National Educational Computing Conference. The cost is $40. Enrollment is limited, so please submit your online registration no later than June 15, 2009. Register at: http://www.csitsymposium.org/. If you have any questions, please e-mail Barbara Conover at: < email@example.com > --- Journal for Computing Teachers (JCT). Our editor, John Thompson, is completing the Spring 2009 issue of this journal with another nice array of papers of interest to our membership and our extended Computing Teachers community. Please consider writing for our Journal, the only refereed publication of its kind for those in K-12. This publication is now seen by over 4800 SIGCT members and potentially thousands of other involved with K- 12 computing education. John Thompson, our excellent, hard-working editor, can be reached at < thompsjt@BuffaloState.edu > --- President's Message: Included in this upcoming issue of JCT is my President's message entitled "Onward and Upward for SIGCT…with your help…and a challenge". In there I suggest many ways for you to get involved with our SIG. Volunteers are the lifeblood of this or any SIG. I certainly thank those who have volunteered in some way over the past six years and look forward as Past President and later as just a POM (plain old member) to seeing many more get involved. That's really the only way SIGCT can sustain efforts to promote our very special interest, teaching about computing. Please take a look at my message when JCT comes out and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to send me an email: < firstname.lastname@example.org > --- SIGCT Professional Development Opportunity: Plans are being finalized for a webinar in October or November oriented around the newly updated NCWIT resource kit Gotta Have IT. As noted in the NECC 2009 section above, this kit will be available at NECC at a booth which a number of SIGCT members will be staffing during all of NECC 2009 (Thank you very much). SIGCT will host this webinar and the speakers will be the leadership from NCWIT. Stay tuned for further announcements early next Fall for this online event. < http://ncwit.org > --- NETS-A Introduction at NECC: The updated NETS for Administrators (NETS-A) will be announced and be available at NECC. Your SIGCT board drafted a position statement urging the committee to include statements related to teaching about computing in addition to the many statements related to teaching with computing. You can view it by going to our SIGCT Wiki and clicking on the SIGCT Proposal link near the top. < http://sigct.iste.wikispaces.net/ > We hope that the final NETS-A document will include our ideas to expand the purvue of this document. --- Summer Professional Development: CSTA TECS Workshops : Teacher Enrichment in Computer Science (TECS) workshops are designed to provide quality pedagogically-oriented programs and resources in computer science for teachers of courses described in levels 2-4 of the ACM K-12 CS Model Curriculum. < http://tecs.acm.org > CSTA's website is: < http://csta.acm.org > College-Board endorsed APCS and Pre-APCS Workshops : APCentral maintains an uptodate listing of summer institutes aimed at the current AP Computer Science course. You might take a look at this list because many sites not only offer an APCS workshop but additional Computer Science and Information Technology workshops for teachers. You can either start at < http://apcentral.collegeboard.com > and click on the Professional Development tab or for summer institutes you can go to < http://professionals.collegeboard.com/prof-dev/workshops/summer- institutes > to search for sites that offer summer computing workshops. For example, Carnegie Mellon offers several workshops other than the APCS workshop as noted below. The Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon is offering six teacher workshops this summer Alice Institute (June 21-26, 2009) < http://www.intro.cs.cmu.edu/alice-institute/ > (NEW!) ACTIVATE (for high school STEM teachers in WV, PA, OH, MD) < http://www.cs.cmu.edu/activate > - Computing with Alice (July 6-9, 2009) - Computational Thinking (July 10-13, 2009) - Java Programming for Math and Science (July 14-17, 2009) CS4HS at Carnegie Mellon (July 24-27, 2009) < http://www.cs.cmu.edu/cs4hs/summer09 > AP Computer Science Workshop (July 27-August 2, 2009) < http://www.intro.cs.cmu.edu/ap/ > --- Sites you should look at: (We could use good links that support IT areas other than programming - contact Joe at the email below) "Stimulus" Interns in Louisville, KY - Scott Horan offers the site < http://www.itintern.org/ > and says "This year we have money for 50 stimulus IT Interns to place in businesses (hire one get one free) and public agencies (city gov, schools, police, parks and forests, etc). We are calling them “Stim-terns”. Their salaries and the salaries of their “coaches” are being paid for out of Workforce Development Agency Stimulus $ grants." iFair - In Milwaukee, WI a group made up of business, post-secondary and high school people have put on six IT/Engineering oriented career fairs. These have been aimed principally at middle school students. The concept is for businesses and post secondary schools to create a trade-show style booth but instead of selling product, they are selling the excitement of IT and engineering careers to the student visitors. Students are prepped by their teachers before coming. These six have been met with much enthusiasm and have spawned two similar fairs in other parts of the state, as well as a similar fair for counselors and at least two more fairs during the 2009-2010 school year. < http://ifair.pbworks.com/ > Light-Bot the game - This is game in which students are invited to solve a variety of challenges using programming. Students create a main routine and possibly one or two functions to solve each challenge. Unfortunately, this site may be blocked by most schools, but at least you can get some idea of what approaches could be for kids. < http://armorgames.com/play/2205/light-bo t > If you have one or more websites or articles that you'd like to see posted in future issues, please contact Joe Kmoch. --- Previous newsletters are available on the SIGCT wiki <http://sigct.iste.wikispaces.net > Summer is here...hooray! Joe Kmoch, President <email@example.com >