CSEdWeek is December 8-14, 2014!
www.csedweek.org/csteacher

Join CSTA in celebrating and advocating for computer science education during the 6th Annual CSEdWeek. Since it was established by Congress in 2009, CSEdWeek has brought together teachers, students, parents, administrators, and community members to promote awareness and heighten participation in our field. Please look at the resources below and consider doing something in your school, district, or state. This is the time to show the world all of the wonderful things you and your students are achieving together.

Take advantage of the great resources and information available to CS teachers at the new CSEdWeek microsite. While you are there, don't forget to post your CSEdWeek events!



Winners of 2014 Faces of Computing Video Contest

The Equity Committee of the CSTA is pleased to announce the winners of this years' video contest. The goal of the contest is to showcase many different kinds of students participating in a variety of computing activities. This years' entrees were quite strong and we were pleased to see girls and boys from many different walks of life and backgrounds participating in computing. Some of the activities featured in the videos including programming (of course), but also 3D printing and design, web development, making music using computers, and more. Thanks to everyone who entered! Watching the videos was really fun, and we learned a lot about what different schools do in their computer science classes!

Winner, High School Division:

School: Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science

Teacher: Angela Taricco

Students: Josephine Bowen, Sarah Duquette, Jackie Forson, Ana Khovanskaya, Eva Moynihan, Amol Punjabi, Sashrika Saini, Christopher Thorne, Ryan Vereque



Winner, Middle School Division:

School: AL-IKHLAS

Teacher: Idrus Tamam

Student: Uluwiyah Jatim



Winner, Elementary School Division:

School: Hale Kula Elementary School

Teacher: Megan Cummings

Students: Kaylee Smith, Markus Langhammer-Kenan, Kaleah Shabazz, Haylee Barlow, Natalie Chastain



Click here for past contest winners and more information.



CSTA Leadership Gets Busy for CS Ed Week!

Watch our latest video to learn what the CSTA Board Members and Task Force Chairs will be doing for CSEdWeek 2014, which coincides with Grace Hopper's birthday. From a Humanitarian Hack-a-Thon to a Birthday Party Open House, these activities will be sure to get you thinking about the engaging and inspiring programs you can host at your school!

View the video at http://tiny.cc/CSTA_CSEdWeek.

Subscribe to the CSTA YouTube channel at tiny.cc/CSTA_YouTube.

For additional CSEdWeek ideas, visit the CSTA Advocate, the CSTA CSEdWeek web page, and the CS EdWeek Teacher Site. For questions, shoot us an email at customerservice@csta-hq.org.


Governor's Proclamation

Read Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's Proclamation for CSEdWeek 2014!


Administrators Matter

Teachers often tell us that one of the most important factors in the success of their computer science program is a supportive administrator, someone higher up who understands the importance of computer science education and support the provision of better and more courses for all students. In this new brief video from Code.org, LAUSD Director of Curriculum Gerardo Loera talks about why computer science and computational thinking are important for all students in his district.

Click here to view video.


CSTA Supports "Hour of Code"

This year for Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), CSTA is supporting a campaign to encourage millions of students to participate in an hour of computer coding. The goal is to introduce millions to the field and encourage them to sign up for more in-depth computer science studies. There will be several different hour-long introductions hosted on the CSEdWeek website. Many of the tutorials will be compatible with tablets and smartphones, and there will be some "unplugged" lessons that require no computer at all. We are encouraging all our members to lead their schools and communities in an Hour of Code. Please visit the CSEdWeek website and officially sign up to participate. Here you will find additional resources to help you promote and organize an event.


EXCITING CSTA RESOURCES

Sourcing the C in STEM

As part of its CSEdWeek activities, CSTA participated in the Sourcing the C in STEM: Making the Critical Connection Between Computer Science Education and Jobs Salon hosted by Change the Equation. With dynamic speakers, the passion for computer science in education was apparent, even while noting some very real challenges. Speakers included:
  • Alison Derbenwick Miller, Vice President, Oracle Academy and Vice Chair of Computer Science Education Week 2012
  • Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, Advanced Placement Program, The College Board
  • Linda Rosen, CEO, Change the Equation
  • Chris Stephenson, Executive Director, Computer Science Teachers Association
Click here to view the entire video. It will be just as though you were there!



2013 Key to the Future Poster

This exciting new classroom poster, developed in partnership with the National Security Agency, highlights critical elements of computer science including cyber security, design and creativity, problem solving programming, and collaboration. You can download a copy from this website or request copies of the poster for outreach events or for your classroom (CSTA members only). To order posters, please contact l.clayborn@csta-hq.org.

Click here to download poster (28.3 MB).

Click here for more information on cyber security.



World of Opportunities Poster

This engaging new classroom poster, developed in partnership with the Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges, highlights exciting careers in four key areas: medical informatics, mobile maps and animation, computer mapping, and cyber forensics. You can download a copy from this website or request copies of the poster for outreach events or for your classroom (CSTA members only). To order posters, please contact l.clayborn@csta-hq.org.

Click here to download poster (1.5 MB).



CSTA Celebrates CSEdWeek with Audio and Video Announcements

As part of their commitment to support CSEdWeek activities, the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine and CSTA have created a series of announcements that schools and teachers can use for morning announcements or in the classroom. These audio and video files are intended to inform and engage students and to help them understand the many opportunities computer science provides. Teachers: share these with other educators throughout your school!

Audio Announcement

This 45 second audio announcement by a high school senior points to a broad spectrum of career opportunities and encourages students to celebrate Computer Science Education Week.

To listen to audio file, click here.
To download, either right-click (on a PC) or Control-click (on a Mac), and then select "Save As" to save the file directly to your computer.

Video Announcements

This series of five two-minute videos celebrates the contributions that computer science makes in four fields and encourages students to pursue computer science as an educational pathway and a career. Watch the whole series by visiting CSTA's CSEdWeek Playlist here!

Day I: Computer Science and Entertainment

View streaming Day 1 video here.



Day 2: Computer Science and the Environment

View streaming Day 2 video here.



Day 3: Computer Science and Communications

View streaming Day 3 video here.



Day 4: Computer Science and Medicine

View streaming Day 4 video here.



Day 5: Computer Science and Empowerment

View streaming Day 5 video here.



The U.S. House of Representatives has designated
Dec 8-14, 2014 as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) in recognition of the transformative role of computing and necessity of rigorous computer science education at all levels. CSTA is delighted to have worked with ACM on this major accomplishment and we encourage all of our members to get involved!

Please visit the CSEdWeek Web site at www.CSEdWeek.org to access computer science education resources and participate in all of the social networking for this event.





   

CSTA works at many levels to support computing education.

Elementary and Middle school
(problem solving &
computational thinking)

High school
(computing &
computer science)

College/university
(enrollment &
transition)

Industry
(engagement &
preparation)