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And So It Begins–School year 2019 2020
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

And So It Begins–School year 2019 2020

Tomorrow (Monday) I will meet the new freshmen in my study hall. And I’ll finish getting my room ready for the new school year. First day of real classes is Tuesday...

Question Technology
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Question Technology

One of the interesting t-shirts I saw at CSTA 2019 last week said “Question Technology.” That might seem to be a strange slogan at a computer science education...

It’s Really About the Teacher
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

It’s Really About the Teacher

CSTA 2019 gave me a lot to think about. Today I was thinking about what was impressive and I thought about the Tuesday lunch panel. Microsoft brought a panel of...

What do Companies Get Out of Supporting CS Education
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What do Companies Get Out of Supporting CS Education

After the announcement of a millions dollar grant by Google to CSTA and the new “Code with Google” program I was asked “what does a company get out of this sort...

Random Thoughts on #CSTA2019
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Random Thoughts on #CSTA2019

I’m pretty sure I have been to every CSTA conference going back to when it was the CS & IT conference and there was no CSTA organization. This year’s was by far...

CSTA 2019 Day 3
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2019 Day 3

So I missed the opening keynote which I am sure was amazing but I spent the time catching up with a good friend who I see too rarely. Time well spend. Leigh Ann...

CSTA 2019  Day 2
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2019 Day 2

I’m always skeptical about celebrity keynotes at education conferences so my expectations for Natasha Singer from the New York Times.were not high. I was pleasantly...

CSTA 2019–Day 1
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2019–Day 1

As planned I spent most of the morning helping at registration. And talking to a lot of people as they came in. After lunch the exhibit hall opened and I was in...

CSTA 2019 Day 0
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2019 Day 0

Sunday was the start of CSTA 2019 with workshops and the Chapter Leadership Summit. I wasn’t part of the summit and I didn’t get to any workshops but I still had...

Pre-conference Thoughts–CSTA 2019
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Pre-conference Thoughts–CSTA 2019

I’m on my way to Phoenix AZ for the CSTA conference.  For years I would get there early and leave late. This was especially true when I was on the CSTA Board and...

ISTE 2019 Trip Report
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ISTE 2019 Trip Report

There was a time when I would have written a blog post every night of ISTE. Apparently I’m getting older or something and that is not a priority for me any more...

In Honor of BASIC
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

In Honor of BASIC

I found an interesting article today New Hampshire installs first historical marker to honor computer programming The BASIC programming language was invented at...

Teaching Students to Yearn to Learn
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching Students to Yearn to Learn

Summer time is time for me to do a lot of thinking about my teaching practice. I've been doing a lot of reading and a couple of quotes have helped me in my thinking...

Different Kinds of Professional Development for Computer Science Teachers
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Different Kinds of Professional Development for Computer Science Teachers

What to teach and how to teach are different questions. The first is all about content knowledge and the second is about pedagogy. For the most part it feels like...

Join the Online #CSed Conversations
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Join the Online #CSed Conversations

At it’s best, social computing is a conversation that moves in a positive direction. The more people who participate the better the conversation and the more benefit...

Change the Programming Language, Change the Course
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Change the Programming Language, Change the Course

A recent Facebook post suggested changing the language for Advanced Placement Computer Science A (what some of us annoy others by calling AP Java). This comes up...

How Well Can You Code the Projects You Assign Students?
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How Well Can You Code the Projects You Assign Students?

Garth Flint had another good post today (Last Day of School And Done with Java) He lists some interesting projects he assigned and writes about some lessons learned...

Helping Doesn’t Always Help
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Helping Doesn’t Always Help

My programming students are working on their final/semester projects. As is typical some of them are doing extra work on their projects at home. Normally that is...

Learning From Today and Planning For Tomorrow
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Learning From Today and Planning For Tomorrow

It’s the end of the school year for me. Next week is our final exam week and my students are working on their semester projects. I use projects rather than an exam...

ACM CompEd Conference
From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ACM CompEd Conference

Brett Becker has been blogging about the ACM CompEd conference now taking place in China. See his blog post at ACM CompEd daily update 1: Day 1 for example.  Looks...
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