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Conference registration (which includes an afternoon community session on Sunday, July 12, Monday night’s event at UT Dallas and all general and plenary sessions on Tuesday, July 14) is $100 if you register by April 15. 

From April 16-June 26 the price is $150 and after that the price goes up to $225. 

Workshops are a separate price, and this year we have expanded our offering to include some on Sunday, as well as Monday. The price for workshops is $100 for the first one, and then $50 for each additional workshop (maximum number of three). 

*Please note that CSTA does not cover the cost of registration, travel or accommodations for speakers or attendees. 

Please email any questions to t.nash@csta-hq.org
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Sunday, July 12
 

7:30am

Conference Registration/Check In (Meritage Lobby)
Sunday July 12, 2015 7:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

1:00pm

Conference Registration Open
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

3:00pm

6:00pm

Beauty and Joy of Computing (CS Principles) on edX
The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is an introductory computer science curriculum developed at UC Berkeley (and adapted at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and NC State), intended for high school juniors through university non-majors. It was used in two of the five initial pilot programs for the AP CS Principles course being developed by the College Board and the National Science Foundation. Our overall goal is to support the CS10K project by preparing instructors to teach the AP CS Principles course through the BJC curriculum. In this workshop, we will share our experiences as instructors of the Beauty and Joy of Computing CS Principles course at the university and high school level, provide a glimpse into a typical week of the course with hands-on activities, and share details of the 2015-2016 edX SPOC course that teachers could use in their classroom.

Speakers
TB

Tiffany Barnes

No bio provided.
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Dan Garcia

Dan Garcia is a Senior Lecturer with Security Of Employment in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, and joined the faculty in 2000. He was chosen as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, serves on the ACM Education Board, the AP Computer Science Principles Development Committee, and is the faculty champion for the local CSTA chapter. He is the co-developer of an engaging introductory computing course for non-majors, "CS10: The Beauty and Joy of... Read More →
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Josh Paley

Josh Paley is a Computer Science and Mathematics teacher at Henry M. Gunn HS in Palo Alto, CA, where he helped to grow the computer science program from 50-60 students to about 350 in 2015, including significant growth in the number and percentage of female students. He is excited about partnering with UC-Berkeley on their Beauty and Joy of Computing, a new AP CS Principles course. Josh is an avid indoors man as he is allergic to things such... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
International IV

6:00pm

Embedding Computer Science in Science Classes–Grades 6-12
During this three-hour workshop, attendees will explore how models can be developed and used to allow teachers and students to investigate STEM topics through scientific inquiry and computational thinking. Using modeling and simulation in the STEM classroom not only allows students to more fully explore the scientific concepts being taught, they also learn computer science concepts and programming thus preparing the student to pursue a more formal computer science class in the future. In addition, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) inclusion of Computational Thinking Skills and modeling into the curriculum opens the door for the introduction of computer science at an early age. Two programming environments, StarLogo Nova and Netlogo, will be used to demonstrate the broad applicability and flexibility that computer models and simulations, allows both the teacher and the student.

Speakers
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Paige Prescott

Paige is an experienced middle school and high school science teacher from Santa Fe, NM. She has taught science in various parts of New Mexico as well as in Guadalajara, Mexico and most recently Bangkok, Thailand. In her career she has taught a range of sciences as well as being a technology integration coach with a focus on STEM. She was an early adopter of computer modeling with students and was part of the team that pioneered Project GUTS... Read More →
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Maureen Psaila-Dombrowski

Maureen Psaila-Dombrowski is the program manager for the Santa Fe Institute’s New Mexico Computer Science for All program, NM-CSforAll (NSF-CE21, #1240992). NM- CSforAll is a statewide professional development program that prepares teachers to offer a dual-credit computer science class in their high schools. The class teaches computer science through complexity science and modeling of STEM problems. She has also been involved as a program... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
International II

6:00pm

Media Computation in Python
Come to a hands-on introduction to Media Computation in Python, which is a proven and engaging approach to teaching computing concepts. In Media Computation students write programs to manipulate media: pictures, sounds, and text. In Media Computation you can mirror a picture to create art or reverse a sound to look for hidden messages. Media Computation has been used successfully for over 10 years to teach introductory programming at the college and high school level. Media Computation can be used to teach basic computing concepts such as variables, loops, conditionals, string manipulation, and arrays.

Speakers
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Barbara Ericson

Barbara Ericson is a Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Tech. She has worked to increase the quantity and quality of secondary computing teachers and the quantity and diversity of computing students since 2004. She is currently also pursuing a Human- Centered Computing PhD at Georgia Tech. She has co-authored four books on Media Computation. She and her husband, Dr. Mark Guzdial, were the winners of the 2010 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding... Read More →
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Mark Guzdial

Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He studies how people come to understand computing and how to make that more effective. He leads the CSLearning4U project to create ebooks to help high school teachers learn CS. He is one of the leads on the NSF alliance “Expanding Computing Education Pathways" which helps US states improve and broaden their... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
International III

6:00pm

The Internet and Creativity & Global Impact: Two Modules for the New AP CS Principles Course
This workshop focuses on content in two curriculum modules for AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) developed by the College Board. They highlight instructional approaches for teaching concepts about 1) the Internet; and 2) the interplay between creative aspects of computing and impact of computing on society. The Internet module activities allow students to construct their own solutions to problems similar to some that the builders of the Internet faced. The topics in the Creativity and Global Impact module were chosen because they have rich potential for increasing interest with students, especially those from underrepresented demographics, and because they present instructional challenges for instructors new to AP CSP. Participants will learn detailed concepts addressed in the AP CSP course and will receive classroom materials from each of the curriculum modules. These modules serve as exemplary resources for teachers.

Speakers
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Lien Diaz

No bio provided.
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Richard Kick

Richard Kick teaches math and computer science at Newbury Park High School in California. Rich earned a Mathematics Education degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana –Champaign, and a master's degree in Mathematics from Chicago State University. He has taught AP Computer Science using Pascal (beginning in 1984), C++, and Java. After working as a C++ programmer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Rich served as a College Board... Read More →
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Andrew Kuemmel

Andy Kuemmel teaches CS Principles as a College Board pilot instructor at Madison West High School and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Andy was a co-author of the CE-21 grant entitled “PUMP-CS: Preparing the Upper Midwest for the Principles of Computer Science” and serves on its leadership team. He is the founding president of the Wisconsin Dairyland chapter of the CSTA and is working with the Wisconsin Department of Public... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
International I
 
Monday, July 13
 

8:00am

8:00am

Exhibit Hall
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT): Table #1
Pluralsight/Code School: Table #2
Lockheed Martin: Table #3
Oracle Academy: Table #4 
Google: Table #5
Microsoft: Table #6
Access10K: Table #7
Make School: Table #8
Codesters: Table #9
ACM-W: Table #10
Certiport: Table #11
College Board: Table #12
Garage Games: Table #13
University of Texas at Arlington: Table #14
RobotsLAB: Table #15 

Monday July 13, 2015 8:00am - 4:00pm
Texas Grande Ballroom

9:00am

Code.org’s K-5 Courses
Have you been looking for computer science curriculum for your K-5 students? Code.org has developed three courses to introduce and engage students in computer science education at the elementary school level. During this workshop, you’ll learn about Code.org’s Courses 1, 2 and 3, which are a mix of two kinds of lessons: online and unplugged. In online lessons, students write programs on the computer to achieve certain goals or express their creativity in more open-ended environments. In unplugged lessons, educators lead classroom activities that teach computer science concepts without the use of a computer. In this workshop, you’ll also model activities from the curriculum and discuss equitable practices for K-5 educators while getting a glimpse of how Code.org runs their PD sessions for teachers around the country.

Speakers
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Katherine Apone

Katie works on Code.org’s professional development program for K-5 teachers. She creates content for PD workshops and works with a small team to lead facilitators across the United States who are hosting K-5 workshops in partnership with Code.org. Katie also collaborates very closely with the developers at Code.org to provide a strong voice for teacher’s needs on their online platform and address issues that are reported directly from... Read More →
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Kiki Prottsman

Kiki is the Executive Director of Thinkersmith and former computer science instructor at the University of Oregon. Now Creative Director of Algorithms Magazine and star of KIKIvsIT, Kiki was recently named one of Lane County’s 20 rising stars under the age of 40. 
EZ

Evelyn Zayas

Evelyn worked as a software engineer in the defense contracting arena for decades and then found her calling teaching computer science and technology in the classroom and online. She holds an MS in Software Engineering and PhD (ABD) in Computing Technology in Education. She teaches AP Computer Science for OnlineSchoolforGirls.org and several technology courses for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. As a tech and engineering teacher at a... Read More →


Monday July 13, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
International I

9:00am

CS Principles: Decoded —A Curriculum from Code.org
Code.org is developing a rich set of instructional resources designed for high school teachers to meet the objectives of the AP Computer Science Principles framework. This workshop will provide teachers materials from the course, including daily lesson plans and instructional guides for an entire school year, along with new software and tools for students and teachers. The session will also give participants a taste of the professional development program designed to support instruction. Code.org’s curriculum is designed to be rigorous, but accessible for both high school students and instructors. This allows adequate time to explore and learn the principles of computing through a series of engaging activities, plugged and unplugged, employing a variety of instructional strategies. Participants will experience lessons, both as students and teachers, in the fashion of the professional development program, which helps teachers prepare lessons from the curriculum in realistic contexts.

Speakers
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Baker Franke

Baker Franke is the K-12 Curriculum Development Manager and leader of the CS Principles curriculum project for Code.org. He is a former high school computer science teacher, CSTA Leadership Cohort member and vice-president of the Chicago CSTA chapter. He most recently taught from 2005-2014 at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where he taught introductory through advanced computing courses including AP Computer Science, CS Principles... Read More →
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Brook Osborne

Brook Osborne is the High School Program Manager at Code.org, where she develops programs for high school students and teachers, including curriculum and professional development. Previously, she was the Director of Outreach for the CS Department at Duke University, where she taught courses and worked with educators and administrators in both formal and informal computer science education. She also served as the Pilot and Outreach Coordinator... Read More →
BR

Brenda Remess

No bio provided. 


Monday July 13, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
International II

9:00am

Game Design as a STEAM Course
The purpose of this workshop is to gain an understanding of Game Design as a STEAM course by introducing the many aspects of game design that come into play outside of actual programming. You will design a game guided by the “Hero’s Journey”, while making myriad artistic decisions about your game’s design. This process will be complemented by an introduction to “gamification” and the roles of games in society. Attendees will leave with greater familiarity of the process of game design and the layout of a game design course.

Speakers
GG

Gary Gongwer

Gary is chair of the Technology and Media Arts department at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California. He started as a mathematics teacher 14 years ago, and over the last several years has taken on courses in AP CS A, Introduction to Computer Science, and HTML/Web Design. In addition, he has developed courses in Robotics Engineering and Gaming Analysis & Design. In that time, the demand for these courses at his school has... Read More →


Monday July 13, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Spicewood

9:00am

Mobile Computer Science Principles: Teaching Computing Through Mobile Technology
The College Board’s CS Principles (CSP) Project is an effort to develop a language-neutral, breadth-first advanced placement (AP) course in Computer Science. Mobile CSP is an NSF-funded effort to train high school teachers to teach a CSP course that engages students in building mobile apps with App Inventor. The workshop will provide an overview of Mobile CSP training including a hands-on workshop with App Inventor and a representative sample of CSP-based lesson plans, assessment materials, and other resources. Mobile CSP training will be available for free to all teachers in summer 2015 through an online course, which will begin in June 2015. Information about the summer 2015 training will be available on our website. Target audience: Primarily high school teachers, but middle school teachers will also benefit from this workshop. *Laptop required.

Speakers
PL

Pauline Lake

Pauline Lake is the Mobile CSP project’s Teaching Consultant i.e., she visits all of the teachers in the classroom, helping with technical issues and with instruction. She is the project’s fulltime staff person and is closely involved in all aspects of the project, including the curriculum and assessment. A 2013 graduate of Trinity College with a double major in Computer Science and Educational Studies, Pauline has been teaching App... Read More →
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Rachel Martinich

Rachel Martinichis a technical engineering teacher at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, CT. She received her BS in Computer Information Systems from Bryant University in 2009 and her MA in Teaching from Sacred Heart University in 2013. Rachel was recognized by the National Science Foundation as a superstar computer science teacher at the 100 teachers workshop in Washington D.C. this past fall. She is currently working with the Mobile CSP... Read More →
RM

Ralph Morelli

Ralph Morelli is the Principal Investigator of the Mobile Computer Science Principles(Mobile CSP) project, an NSF-funded CS-10K project to provide CSP professional development training to high school teachers. He has been teaching Computer Science at Trinity College in Hartford since 1985. 
CU

Chinma Uche

Chinma Uche is President of the Connecticut chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association and Co-Principal Investigator of the Mobile CSP project. Since 2011, she has been teaching the Computer Science Principles course with App Inventor at the Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science as a College Board’s pilot instructor. 


Monday July 13, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
International IV

9:00am

Supplementing Conventional Teaching with an Online Google Tool
This workshop is on applying Google tools (such as Course Builder and Hangouts) to deliver online instructions. The proposed teaching methodology does not intend to replace conventional face-to-face instructions; rather, it offers supplements to conventional teaching with enhanced capacity and flexibility. All the software tools covered by this workshop can be readily downloaded from the Internet and are free of charge. The attendees will learn the software tools through plentiful hands-on exercises. Specifically, they will learn how to create online interactive instructions, how to record video tutorials with regular webcams, how to perform online assessment, and how to address students’ online questions effectively. The attendees do not have to possess any prior experience in online teaching. *Attendees need to bring their laptops to the workshop.

Speakers
AD

Amit Deutsch

Amit Deutsch is an Instructional Designer at Google Inc. He has a Master's degree from Stanford University in Learning, Design and Technology. Amit has great experience in education and technology. At Google he creates MOOCs and conduct research on online learning. He has extensive background in teaching math, science, and programming to kids through summer and after school programs. 
DM

Dr. Mingyu Lu

Mingyu Lu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU TECH). He has his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. For last two years he is working with high school teachers. He was the lead instructor in Hardware track session for WVU TECH’s pilot CS4HS online workshop. 
SM

Shahed Mustafa

Shahed Mustafa is an Adjunct Professor at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU TECH). He has a Master's degree from University of North Texas. In summer of 2014 he was the lead instructional designer and technologist for WVU TECH’s pilot CS4HS online workshop. Shahed has extensive experience in Google Course Builder. 
AN

Afrin Naz

Afrin Naz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information System at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU TECH). She has her PhD degree in Computer Science from University of North Texas. For last two years Afrin is working with high school teachers and offered five different workshops in Computer Science and other STEM fields. In summer of 2014 Afrin and her team launched one of Google’s... Read More →


Monday July 13, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
International III

12:00pm

Luncheon
Monday July 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Texas Grande Ballroom

1:00pm

High School CS Breadth in Depth: CSP x ECS x APCSA
Three courses are national exemplars, part of the CS10K/CE21 initiative, recognized by the CSTA standards for high school computer science, and integral to both Code.org and PLTW computer science projects: Exploring Computer Science (ECS), Computer Science Principles (CSP), and AP Computer Science A (APCSA). This workshop, and the information and activities that are part of it are designed to help high school computer science teachers become well- and better-informed about these three courses, the student audiences addressed by each, the content and pedagogical practices embraced in each, and the role that each can play in paths and pathways for both teachers and students. The workshop provides a solid understanding about how the ECS, CSP and APCSA courses complement each other by using a set of activities that highlight differences and similarities among the courses from both content and pedagogical perspectives.

Speakers
OA

Owen Astrachan

No bio provided.
GC

Gail Chapman

Gail Chapman is the Director of Outreach for Exploring Computer Science. Gail works with partner districts on strategic planning related to implementation of ECS, including professional development, leadership development, and sustainability. She is co-designer of the ECS curriculum and professional development model. Gail also represents the ECS program as lead facilitator for the CS10K Community of Practice and has served on the AP CS... Read More →
DY

Don Yanek

No bio provided.


Monday July 13, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
International II

1:00pm

Physical Computing Activities for the K-8 Classroom
Make Computer Science fun and easy for students by turning computer programming into a hands-on activity. Make a video game controller with tin foil and an old take-out container. Make an electronic door alarm with LEGOs and tape. Make your own Operation-style board game with a cereal box and chopsticks. Make everything from anything! In this workshop you will learn how to implement classroom projects that integrate Science, Technology, Art, and Math together through computer programming and engineering design. We will survey a number of methods and materials that help students explore Computer Science such as Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming language for young learners. We will also use basic physical computing sensors like MakeyMakey, LEGO WeDo, and Make!Sense that allow us to program interactive objects from household materials. Beginner's welcome.

Speakers
DR

Dylan Ryder

Dylan Ryder is an Educational Technologist at The School at Columbia University, the University’s K-8 laboratory school in New York City. His goal is to help students use technology safely, responsibly and creatively - with particular attention to engineering, computer science and design. Always pursuing innovative pedagogy, Dylan has published articles on teaching computer programming to young students and has delivered workshops on... Read More →


Monday July 13, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
International I

1:00pm

Problem Based Learning in Computer Science: A Case Study in Robotics Camp
Come learn how a school district's robotics camp allowed for true differentiated problem based learning in a computer science setting for grades 5-12. Attendees will experience some of the hands-on problems done in robotics camp and learn how to create a course or lesson where students can acquire content, skills, and receive feedback in a problem based environment. Attendees will leave the workshop having written a student-centered problem and implementation plan for their own classroom.

Speakers
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Joshua Block

Josh Block is the K-12 Coordinator for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Chappaqua Central School District in New York. He runs professional development workshops in computer science, engineering, STEAM, and problem based learning. In Chappaqua, Josh started the computer science-robotics program and maker-robotics academic camp. Previously, Josh spent his summers as the director of Cybercamps national computer camps. Josh is currently a... Read More →


Monday July 13, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
International III

1:00pm

TouchDevelop
Would you like to integrate coding into any grade-level classroom? Join Peli de Halleux of Microsoft Research and Michael Braun K-12 Computer Science Teacher as they share a revolutionary new web-based technology called TouchDevelop, which any K-12 teacher can use to integrate coding into any grade level, without any previous coding experience. In this session, they go beyond how to use TouchDevelop, which works on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac or Linux. They provide hands on activities and extended tutorials to learn the dashboard, create an online classroom, and develop mobile apps.

Speakers
MB

Michael Braun

Michael Braun's innovative approach to teaching Computer Science has been highlighted by the New York Times, the Seattle Times, GeekWire, Code.org, TeacherCast, SimpleK12, Microsoft Research, TEALS, and the Daily Edventures blog. Washington State's Governor Jay Inslee also recognized the computer science program. A former Computer Science teacher, Michael Braun currently serves as an Instructional Technology Coach. His focus is in the integration... Read More →
PD

Peli de Halleux

No bio provided.


Monday July 13, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Spicewood

1:00pm

Transition to Java Using Alice 3
This workshop, designed for pre-AP, Introduction to Programming, Programming for Non-majors, and CS1 with transition to Java courses, will introduce the tools in Alice 3. One specifically designed to support the transition to Java, reviewing both the software and the available course materials. The workshop offers hands-on experience programming with Alice3 and Java together. Participants will see how to use Alice3 to build virtual worlds and how to transfer these programs into a Java IDE.

Speakers
WD

Wanda Dann

Dr. Wanda Dann, Director of the Alice Project at Carnegie Mellon University. Wanda's research interests include visualization in programming, programming languages, and innovative approaches to introductory programming. She has widely published on the use of program visualization in introductory programming -- with papers in Communications of the ACM, Inroads magazine, the Computer Science Education Journal, and other related publications. Dr... Read More →
DS

Donald Slater

Don Slater taught Computer Science in K-12 for 21 years before joining the Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science department as an assistant teaching professor in 2000. Don joined the Alice Team in the fall of 2005 as an instructional designer. In the fall of 2012, he left the classroom to become a curriculum developer with the Alice Project. Don has presented at teacher training workshops in the U.S. and in Brazil, Costa Rica... Read More →


Monday July 13, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
International IV

4:30pm

Monday Night Conference Event: University of Texas at Dallas
Limited Capacity seats available


*You must pre-register for this event*
All conference attendees are invited to join us on Monday, July 13, 2015, for an evening gathering at the University of Texas, Dallas from 5-8:00 pm. After Monday's workshops conclude, be prepared to relax and mingle. Transportation will be included to and from the conference, as we enjoy the hosted reception, dinner buffet and tour. 

With more than 1,300 bachelor's-degree students, 1,100 master's students, 150 PhD students, and 75 faculty members, UT Dallas computer science department is one of the largest CS departments in the US, offering a broad range of courses in almost every area of computer science and software engineering at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Come and learn about our exciting research on cyber security, intelligent systems, data sciences, computer algorithms, computer networks and more. Learn about the largest University-based K-12 computer science outreach effort in the country, and our unique mentoring model that ensures that students actually learn.

Please join the UT Dallas Department of Computer Science faculty and students for an enlightening evening of conversation and computing project demos.

Itinerary:

Buses will load begining at 4:30pm in front of the lobby.

4:30 PM Pick up at DFW Lakes 

5:15 PM Arrival at UT Dallas,

5:30-5:50 PM Demos (Rm 1, Rm 2, Rm 3, Rm 4)
6:00-6:20 PM Demos (Rm 1, Rm 2, Rm 3, Rm 4)
These rooms will be very close to each other. Delegates can choose which demo to go to. After 20 minutes, they can switch to another demo. The demo rooms are 5 minute walk from the dining hall. 

6:30 PM Dinner (buffet style, veg and other options)

6:30 PM Welcome (Dave Reed, Board of Directors Chair, CSTA) 

6:35 PM Welcome and Introduction to UT Dallas Computer Science (Dr. Gopal Gupta, CS Dept Head, UT Dallas)

6:55 PM Student Perspective on UT Dallas (UTD CS student)

7:45 PM Closing

7:50 PM Closing and UT Dallas thank you 

8:00 PM Departure, back to DFW Lakes 

8:30 PM arrival at DFW Lakes 

Monday July 13, 2015 4:30pm - 8:00pm
University of Texas at Dallas
 
Tuesday, July 14
 

7:00am

7:00am

Exhibit Hall
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT): Table #1
Pluralsight/Code School: Table #2
Lockheed Martin: Table #3
Oracle Academy: Table #4 
Google: Table #5
Microsoft: Table #6
Access10K: Table #7
Make School: Table #8
Codesters: Table #9
ACM-W: Table #10
Certiport: Table #11
College Board: Table #12
Garage Games: Table #13
University of Texas at Arlington: Table #14
RobotsLAB: Table #15 

Tuesday July 14, 2015 7:00am - 3:00pm
Texas Grande Ballroom

7:30am

8:00am

Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Advisor of the United States, Seth Andrew

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is committed to expanding opportunities for STEM education from pre-k to college. Senior Advisor to the United States CTO, Seth Andrew will speak about the Administration's efforts to broaden computer science education in schools across the nation, as well as its initiatives to bolster diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. Seth's experience comes from his extensive time as a classroom teacher, principal, and superintendent. 


Speakers
SA

Seth Andrew

Seth currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Previously, he founded and served as teacher, principal and superintendent of Democracy Prep, a network of 15 public charter schools in New York and DC. Under Seth’s leadership, Democracy Prep Charter School was the number one middle school in all of NYC, and Harvard researchers determined that the network is one of the most academically impactful... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
Texas Grande Ballroom

10:00am

CSTA Standards Crosswalk with ACM IT Learning Outcomes
This session will discuss CSTA’s Crosswalk document that maps Level 3B of the 2011 CSTA Computer Science Standards (http://csta.acm.org/Curriculum/sub/CurrFiles/CSTA_K-12_CSS.pdf) to the 2014 "ACM Competency Model of Core Learning Outcomes and Assessment for Associate-Degree Curriculum in Information Technology" that was produced by the ACM Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (www.capspace.org). The creation of this Crosswalk document was a collaborative effort between representatives from CSTA and CCECC working together to document the alignment of computing curriculum between high schools courses and community college programs of study. The aim of the presentation is for high school teachers to better understand core student learning outcomes taught in associate-degree IT programs and for community college faculty to better understand the computing concepts and topics taught in high school grades 9 through 12.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Hawthorne

Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne is a Senior Professor of Computer Science at Union County College in Cranford, NJ (http://faculty.ucc.edu/compsci-hawthorne/), where she has taught computer science for 20 years. She served on the ACM/IEEE-CS Steering Committee for CS2013 (www.cs2013.org). Additionally, Dr. Hawthorne chairs the ACM Committee on Computing Education in Community Colleges (www.acmccecc.org/membership/), serves on the ACM-W Council as chair of... Read More →
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Deborah Seehorn

Deborah Seehorn is a Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She has served as the State Department Representative on the CSTA Board of Directors since 2008 and currently serves as the Board Chair. She co-chaired the 2010 CSTA Model Curriculum Review Task Force and chaired the 2011 CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards Revision. She is committed to empowering... Read More →
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Cindy Tucker

Prof. Cindy Tucker is an Associate Professor of Computer & Information Technologies and Informatics at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, KY (http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/BCIS/CIT/Faculty_Information.aspx). Professor Tucker has taught computer information technologies/systems for 15 years. She is a member of the ACM Committee on Computing Education in Community Colleges (www.acmccecc.org/membership/). Prof. Tucker has... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Llano Estacado

10:00am

Findings of the CSTA Assessment Task Force
CSTA recently conducted a landscape study of CS assessment in US high schools. This session presents the findings of that study, yielding greater understanding of the current state of K-12 computer science assessment, challenges teachers face when evaluating student understanding of CS concepts, and the role of teachers in assessment development.

Speakers
PB

Padmaja Bandaru

Padmaja Bandaru is a high school teacher of AP Computer Science and the CS curriculum lead at the Advanced Math and Science Academy. She worked several years in the industry as a Software Engineer. Although she loved being a part of innovative development, she always felt a natural affinity and passion to teaching. To satisfy that passion of hers, she taught voluntarily in community schools whenever an opportunity was given. She constantly try to... Read More →
DB

David Burkhart

Dave Burkhart is a high school computer science and technology teacher at Sheridan High School in Thornville, OH. Dave is also an adjunct instructor at Ohio University Zanesville and Muskingum University within the Education and Computer Science departments. Dave is a past CSTA Board of Directors member. 
DM

Daniel Moix

Daniel Moix exposes students in grades 9-12 to Computer Science by teaching them Mobile Application Development in Bryant, Arkansas. He founded Arkansas's CSTA Chapter, and is a member of the CSTA Computer Science Advocacy Leadership Team (CSALT). Daniel served on the 2011 CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards committee and is currently a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers' Computer Science Advisory Group. 
AY

Aman Yadav

Dr. Aman Yadav is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. Dr. Yadav’s teaching and research focuses on problem-based learning, computational thinking, and computer science education. He is a PI on a National science Foundation grant to establish an evidence-based professional development (PD) program, including continuous online support, to improve teachers' knowledge to... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Llano Estacado

10:00am

New Life for Old Hardware, A Teaching and Service Opportunity
Older computer hardware are frequently donated by parents, teachers and community businesses to schools. In return, students and non-profits could benefit from receiving working computer systems. Putting in place a regimented protocol for the acceptance, reconditioning and redistribution of donated computer equipment can have many benefits for the schools and their communities.

Speakers
NP

Neil Plotnick

Neil Plotnick is a Computer Science and Special Education teacher at Everett High School in Everett Massachusetts. He has been working as an educator for twelve years. Everett is an urban school district with over 7200 students that borders Boston. Prior to becoming a teacher, Neil worked for fifteen years in the technology industry. He was a systems manager for editorial and software development divisions of Ziff-Davis Publishing. He is the... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Llano Estacado

10:00am

Computer Science Principles Curricula
Several recent sessions at CSTA and elsewhere have provided details about the development, piloting, and exam format of the NSF/College Board Computer Science Principles (CSP) project. Other presentations have highlighted individual projects and implementations of the CSP course. These courses differ in many respects – from choice of programming language, to the degree of emphasis on the Internet, and more. As schools move to adopt the CSP framework, develop courses, and deliver them, teachers and administrators look to national models for curricula that can be adopted and adapted to suit local needs. In this session, we highlight six NSF- and private/non-profit-funded projects that have developed, piloted, and made available CSP curricula. The single- session, active format facilitates direct comparisons of the approaches. 

Speakers
OA

Owen Astrachan

No bio provided.
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Bennett Brown

Bennett Brown is Director of Instruction for Computer Science at Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit provider of K-12 STEM programs implemented in over 6,500 U.S. schools. He collaborates with a team of PLTW teachers and writers who have developed a K-12 computer science pathway, including a CS Principles curriculum and professional development implemented in 240 schools last year. Bennett earned degrees from M.I.T. and the University of... Read More →
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Baker Franke

Baker Franke is the K-12 Curriculum Development Manager and leader of the CS Principles curriculum project for Code.org. He is a former high school computer science teacher, CSTA Leadership Cohort member and vice-president of the Chicago CSTA chapter. He most recently taught from 2005-2014 at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where he taught introductory through advanced computing courses including AP Computer Science, CS Principles... Read More →
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Dan Garcia

Dan Garcia is a Senior Lecturer with Security Of Employment in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, and joined the faculty in 2000. He was chosen as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, serves on the ACM Education Board, the AP Computer Science Principles Development Committee, and is the faculty champion for the local CSTA chapter. He is the co-developer of an engaging introductory computing course for non-majors, "CS10: The Beauty and Joy of... Read More →
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Jeff Gray

Jeff Gray is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alabama and the PI on the NSF-supported CS4Alabama project that provides year-round CS Principles training to 50 Alabama teachers. He is also the PI on a new NSF project that introduces cooperative learning professional development for CS Principles teachers. Jeff is currently serving as a Code.org K5 facilitator and training over 500 elementary school teachers. Since 2004, Jeff... Read More →
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David Malan

David J. Malan is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Member of the Faculty of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He received his A.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the same in 1999, 2004, and 2007, respectively. He teaches Harvard College's largest course, Computer Science 50, otherwise known as CS50, and edX's largest... Read More →
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Ralph Morelli

Ralph Morelli is the Principal Investigator of the Mobile Computer Science Principles(Mobile CSP) project, an NSF-funded CS-10K project to provide CSP professional development training to high school teachers. He has been teaching Computer Science at Trinity College in Hartford since 1985. 
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Nigamanth Sridhar

No bio provided.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Spicewood

10:00am

Hands on Computing in K-8 Classrooms
Introduce K-8 students to the power of computer programming through projects that sense and interact with the external world. Learn successful projects and best practices from a district wide STEM program that integrates physical computing into the curriculum using Bee-Bots in K-2, Lego WeDo and Scratch in grades 3-5 and Arduino in grades 6-8. Students understand abstract ideas in computer science as they move robots through a maze or as they use data from sensors to control motors, LEDs and buzzers. Show elementary school students how to use Scratch code to bring a Lego project to life. Teach middle school students how to build circuits on a breadboard and program them using the Arduino microcontroller. Physical computing projects are challenging and add hands-on excitement to any K-8 computer science curriculum.

Speakers
SV

Sheena Vaidyanathan

Sheena teaches computer science to approximately 500 sixth graders in the Los Altos School District, in California. She has taught computer science, math, digital art and visual art for nine years. She also conducts professional development for teachers in the district to integrate computer science into the K-8 curriculum. She has presented at multiple conferences including ISTE, CSTA, California STEM Conference, SxSwEdu, ASCD and writes articles... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
St. Genevieve

10:00am

Out of Your Seat Comp Sci: Coding Using the Kinect
We will demonstrate and look at code and coding for kinetic movement in the Computer Science classroom using the Microsoft Kinect, and a demonstration of student projects, as well as a brief review of some of the code behind them. We will look at interpreting skeletal data and also facial recognition. We’ll also look at voice recognition. We’ll take a look at some other kinetic movement instruments such as dancepad and/or LEAP motion. We've had some incredible projects over the years, and I'll share how we've done it in our high school class. The concept of using your entire body as user input allows for a different type of thinking from your students. This session will include members of the audience interacting with my projects. I am also hoping to generate audience discussion about this type of out-of-your-seat experience.

Speakers
DB

Doug Bergman

Doug Bergman has been a teacher for 20+ years, most of that in Computer Science. Having traveled, lived, taught at, and attended schools in several countries around the world-- he’s experienced private, public, large, small, rural, urban, college-prep, and has taught grades K-16 as well as ages from 3–98. Over the last decade, he’s focused mainly on high school, and has developed a 4-year CS program at his school, Porter-Gaud in... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
International II

10:00am

Teaching CS to Students with Learning Differences
Overview of Language Based Learning Differences as they apply to the Computer Science classroom. Strategies and tools will be presented to help you scaffold your classes and reach all kinds of learners.

Speakers
SC

Sarah Ciras

Sarah Ciras is an educator at Landmark High School in Beverly, MA. She has a M.S.Ed in Moderate Special Needs 5-12 from Simmons College and a Bachelors from UMass Lowell. She has been a special educator for five years and is going into her third year teaching Computer Science to students with Language Based Learning Disabilities. She created the Computer Science program at Landmark School and has been working on how to create the best Computer... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
International I

10:00am

Sponsor Spotlight 1 — CT In 3D with Google
In this session, we'll share Google's strategy for launching new programs and engaging with our partners in CS education. Google will debut the updated Exploring Computational Thinking resource collection here at CSTA, along with the complete CS First video repository, and content from our soon-to-be-launched online course on Computational Thinking for educators. Include your voice in these community resources for Computer Science education while sharing perspectives with CSTA members and other dedicated professionals.

Speakers
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Erin Mindell Cannon

Erin Mindell Cannon is a Program Manager on Google’s Research Education team where she works on external education outreach. Her projects help create access to Computer Science for children of all ages and backgrounds. Prior to her seven years at Google, Erin worked at the non-profit Jewish National Fund on their education team. Erin completed her M.A. at Sarah Lawrence College in Developmental Psychology with a focus on technology in... Read More →
AD

Amit Deutsch

Amit Deutsch is an Instructional Designer at Google Inc. He has a Master's degree from Stanford University in Learning, Design and Technology. Amit has great experience in education and technology. At Google he creates MOOCs and conduct research on online learning. He has extensive background in teaching math, science, and programming to kids through summer and after school programs. 
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Karen Parker

Karen Parker is an experienced Program Manager within Google’s Education Research team. Parker currently leads the CS4HS program, Google’s CS teacher professional development funding program. Her education experience at Google also includes managing strategic education partners for the Course Builder MOOC platform and the App Inventor for Android program. Parker holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from John Carroll University and... Read More →
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Dr. Chris Stephenson

Dr. Chris Stephenson is the Head of Computer Science Education Programs at Google. Collaborating closely with internal Google teams and external computer science organizations, she leads the strategy and execution for computer science education projects. From 2004 to 2014, she was the founding Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association. Stephenson has numerous research publications in computer science education and has... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Pheasant Ridge

11:15am

Computational Thinking: A Problem-Driven Approach
This presentation will focus on specific activities to foster computational thinking (CT) skills in secondary school computer science. Using example concepts from the secondary school mathematics curriculum; the presentation will demonstrate how key computational thinking skills including algorithmic thinking, problem reformulation, problem reduction, problem transformation, problem representation, exhaustive search, heuristic reasoning, backtracking, and recursion, can be fostered. The presentation presents a minds-on, seamless (i.e., no new content), problem-driven integration of mathematics and computer science to develop computational thinking skills which expose students to habits of mind beyond the standard mathematics curriculum, thereby providing them with a broader, firmer foundation. Furthermore, this approach does not extend the mathematics curriculum. Various types of problems in the existing secondary school mathematics curriculum are used to foster computational thinking. Through these experiences students learn many critical CT principles but more importantly, develop a cognitive model about computational processes.

Speakers
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Gerard Rambally

Dr. Gerard Rambally is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics & Information Sciences at the University of North Texas at Dallas. He has an interdisciplinary academic background in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Education. He has taught Computer Science at the high school level for four years and has been teaching Computer Science at the university level for the last 32 years. Gerard has published and presented... Read More →
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Rodney Rambally

Dr. Rodney Rambally is currently the Head of the Information and Communication Technology Department at The University of Trinidad and Tobago in Trinidad, West Indies. He has extensive teaching experience at the University level, having taught Mathematics, Computer Information Systems and Information Technology at this level for the past 30 years. Rodney has several research publications in the areas of Computer Science Education, Computer... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Llano Estacado

11:15am

CS Through Innovative Wearable Technologies
Wait, you’re saying there is a way to integrate fashion design in CS? When observing a loss of interest in CS for girls, we introduced the LilyPad Arduino. What we found was much more than a reignited interest in CS for this population. In this session, you will learn how integration of e-textiles with an Arduino based microcontroller was used with middle school and high school students through the engineering design process. Project samples will be shared with the group, as well as resources, tutorials, and information on putting student kits together.

Speakers
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Stephanie Playton

Ms. Stephanie Playton is currently a STEM Learning Specialist at Longwood University's Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP). At the Institute, she focuses on professional development for K-12 teachers in instructional design for inquiry based interdisciplinary classroom experiences with a focus on innovative technology integrations. Prior to her work with ITTIP, she worked as a classroom teacher, ITRT/S... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
International II

11:15am

Engaging Underrepresented Youth in Computer Science
Given the disparities in computer science participation nationwide among underrepresented student populations, this panel will: (a) highlight the critical need for engaging underrepresented students in computer science and (b) discuss a set of programs, initiatives, and research aiming to address barriers and increase interest, participation, and success in computer science among underrepresented high school students. This panel represents a group of individuals who are leading promising initiatives for broadening participation in computer science (especially among underrepresented groups). This includes the development of a new AP Computer Science principles focused on engaging and inspiring students with computational thinking rather than solely Java programming, integrating culturally relevant pedagogical approaches to computer science instruction and curriculum, providing access to rigorous computer science sequences in out-of-school settings, and investing in organizations which can deliver computer science education broadly through innovative approaches (e.g., online courses).

Speakers
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Jennifer Arguello

Jennifer Argüello is a Senior Tech Advisor who devises strategies with the Kapor Center to diversify Silicon Valley. She is a speaker and thought leader on women in technology and Latino and Latinas in STEM with a mind for the geeky and a heart for social change. For almost two decades she has been a leader in organizations focused on the advancement of women and minorities in STEM. As a past founder of Latino Startup Alliance and former... Read More →
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Dan Garcia

Dan Garcia is a Senior Lecturer with Security Of Employment in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, and joined the faculty in 2000. He was chosen as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, serves on the ACM Education Board, the AP Computer Science Principles Development Committee, and is the faculty champion for the local CSTA chapter. He is the co-developer of an engaging introductory computing course for non-majors, "CS10: The Beauty and Joy of... Read More →
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Alexis Martin

Dr. Alexis Martin is Director of Research and Evaluation at the Level Playing Field Institute (www.lpfi.org), where she conducts research on issues of educational equity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and evaluates STEM intervention programs designed for low-income underrepresented K-12 students. Dr. Martin received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Education (Social and Cultural Studies program) at U.C. Berkeley and her B.A... Read More →
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Frieda McAlear

Frieda McAlear is a Research Associate at the Level Playing Field Institute (www.lpfi.org). She has nearly a decade of experience managing projects, developing evaluation and research methodology and building nonprofit technology capacity with socially progressive organizations in the Bay Area, Europe and Southern Africa. In 2013, she worked as an evaluator for an HIV/AIDS clinic serving villages in Lesotho and as a Program Coordinator for... Read More →
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Tiffany Price

Tiffany Price is the Strategic Partnerships and Grants Manager, helping ensure smooth processes and facilitating strong partnership development for the Kapor Center. Prior to this role, Tiffany spent two years as the Education Program Fellow for The San Francisco Foundation where she helped manage the education grantmaking portfolio. Before philanthropy, Tiffany spent six years doing education policy research and evaluation, which fueled her... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
International I

11:15am

Introducing the CSP-POGIL Project
Introducing the CSP-POGIL project! POGIL is a student centered, inquiry based, proven pedagogy. The big ideas of Computer Science Principles can be taught via guided inquiry, regardless of the programming environment chosen. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a CSP-POGIL lesson followed by a Q&A with activity authors and beta testers.

Speakers
BG

Brent Gray

No bio provided.
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Tammy Pirmann

Tammy Pirmann is the K-12 Coordinator of Computer Science and a Computer Science High School teacher at the School District of Springfield Township in Montgomery County, PA. She won the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award and has been teaching computer science to a diverse group of students since 2004. She has been involved with CS-POGIL for several years and is interested in bringing student-centered pedagogy to the CS classroom. Tammy... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Spicewood

11:15am

Using Minecraft in the MS to Teach Programming
Minecraft has taken the world by storm. Its quirky, 8-bit graphics and open gameplay have captivated an entire generation. Come to learn how we can harness this energy to teach programming.

Speakers
BI

Bob Irving

Bob Irving has taught middle school computer science for 12 years, including Scratch, HTML, GameMaker, Small Basic, and Lua. In addition, I have taught robotics in Baltimore at the Center for Talented Youth Summer Camp for 8 years and coached First Lego League robotics for 4 years. I love learning and am currently obsessed with coding, particularly in Minecraft. Hobbies include playing blues guitar. 


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
St. Genevieve

11:15am

Sponsor Spotlight 2 — Code Quest: US Government's #1 IT Provider Recruits High School Students Through Coding Competition
Lockheed Martin is a global security, aerospace, and information technology company with approximately 112,000 employees located around the world supporting exciting programs including the F-35 fighter jet, the Orion space vehicle and the Littoral Combat Ship. While the company is also known as the largest provider of information technology (IT) services to the U.S. Government, Lockheed Martin realizes that in order to maintain this position, the company needs to inspire more young people to become tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians. In this session, you will learn how Lockheed Martin’s national high school coding competition, Code Quest, has helped the company recruit talented interns and encouraged hundreds of students to realize how their coding and problem-solving skills can be applied to enticing careers that help advance technology. We also invite you to share your suggestions as we prepare to make Code Quest a global competition next year.

Speakers
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Jeff Daniels

Dr. Jeff Daniels is a technology manager and systems architect at Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security company that employs about 112,000 people worldwide. He is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services with sales of over $45.6 billion in 2014. In 2011, Dr. Daniels was appointed to UMUC faculty as associate professor of... Read More →
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Cindy Hughsam

Cindy Hugh Sam is the applications director at Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global securoty company that employs about 113,000 worldwide. She is principally engaged in the research, design, devlopment, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.  | Mrs. Hugh Sam has over 30 year’s information technology leadership experience including both functional and program management. She is... Read More →
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Randy Mosher

Mr. Randy Mosher is a senior program manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security company that employs about 112,000 people worldwide. He is principally engaged in establishing quality assurance, configuration management, testing and sustaining engineering functional organizations, with corporate sales of over $45.6 billion in 2014. Randy was also the chief engineer & deputy program manager on $28M multi-year, multi program... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Pheasant Ridge

12:30pm

1:30pm

Blocks-based Programming Environments – A Toolbox for Many Occasions
Blocks-based programming environments abound in today’s computer science education
ecosystem. This session will examine four such environments developed at the MIT
Center for Mobile Learning that share much common heritage and some common
features, and yet are specialized for different purposes and learning outcomes. The
presenters will compare and contrast MIT App Inventor, GameBlox, TaleBlazer, and
StarLogo Nova, four unique blocks-based programming environments that allow:
Android app development, web-based game development, mobile device locative
augmented reality game building, and 3-D multi-agent simulation or game building,
respectively. Each environment is informed by a rich history of computer science
education going back to Logo and beyond, in which relative novices to programming are
empowered to quickly make personally meaningful artifacts. However, each environment
has also been carefully crafted to serve a specific purpose that is distinct from the other
environments to be presented.

Speakers
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Paul Medlock-Walton

Paul Medlock-Walton is a research specialist at the MIT Education Arcade and leads | the development team of Gameblox. His work has focused on building blocks based programming environments that make it easier for users to create digital experiences, and researching what students learn by using them. After working with the Scratch team as an undergraduate, he continued working on other blocks environments including TaleBlazer, where users create... Read More →
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Judy Perry

No bio provided. 
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Josh Sheldon

Josh Sheldon is an educational technologist who has worked for more than 15 years at the intersection of science, technology, and learning. A former middle and high school teacher, he has worked for a Nobel Peace Prize winning human rights organization and on award-winning early online communities for education. Both helping others to learn and programming computers have been near constants throughout his life. He first programmed in Logo, then... Read More →
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Daniel Wendel

No bio provided.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
St. Genevieve

1:30pm

Focusing on Problem-Centered Programming Instruction
In 2013, we began discussing what programming instruction might look like if it focused
on the problems being programmed rather than the language features being used. As a
result, we have found or devised instructional strategies that greatly changed what we do,
how we think, how we teach, and (we believe) what our students learn. Those strategies
include: Emphasizing the use of natural language algorithm descriptions; Designing
solutions that consider a division of labor between the user and program; Stressing the
process over the product; Minimizing the introduction of language-based hypotheticals;
Working with grounded examples and Actively striving to identify the source of
problem-solving barriers. Using this approach has substantially changed our teaching
behavior. We will share our experience and rationale for the approach.

Speakers
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J. Philip East

Philip East has been teaching computing for over 35 years. For most of that time he has been trying to better understand teaching and learning in order to improve his teaching and the teaching of computing more generally. He has published and presented numerous times in computing education venues. Philip has also been active in various computing education organizations (ACM, CSTA, ISTE, and state computing organizations) and activities. 
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Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes learned to program from a young age, studied computer science and earned a doctorate emphasizing computing interface design. He has been teaching computing for 10 years. During the last five years he has added a research focus on the CS education and begun serious study and reflection on the improvement of computing instruction, his own and that of the CS education community in general. 


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Llano Estacado

1:30pm

From Online Professional Development to Classroom Pedagogy: Working at the Nexus of Research
The goal of PD4CS (Professional Development for Computer Science) is to establish an
evidence-based professional development (PD) program to improve teachers’ knowledge
to teach Computer Science (CS) at the high school level. The PD4CS project team has
been developing and implementing a high-quality professional development approach
that incorporates online just-in-time support, in collaboration with Project Lead The Way
(PLTW). This session will present initial observations gathered from the launch of the
pilot online professional development website. An overview of the project will be given,
as well as a demonstration of selected topics covered online. The aim of this session is to
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create a dialogue between CS teachers of various expertise levels and CS researchers by
enhancing the teaching-research nexus as well as the advancement of professional
development in CS.

Speakers
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Sarah Gretter

Sarah Gretter’s research focuses on the effect that digital information and digital media have on learners’ representation of reality. She works in the field of Media and Information Literacy, and aims to analyze the competencies that educators should acquire to successfully help students understand the functions of media in our lives. More particularly, she is interested in how pre-service instructors can teach students to critically... Read More →
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Susanne Hambrusch

No bio provided.
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Tim Korb

No bio provided.
YQ

Yizhou Qian

No bio provided. 
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Phil Sands

Phil Sands is the K-12 Outreach Coordinator for Computer Science at Purdue University. Previously, Phil spent 6 years as a software engineer and 7 years teaching computer programming and statistics at high schools in Washington D.C. and Michigan. His focus is on expanding the opportunities for computer science education in Indiana and engaging underrepresented minorities in the field so that all students have the opportunity to... Read More →
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Aman Yadav

Dr. Aman Yadav is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. Dr. Yadav’s teaching and research focuses on problem-based learning, computational thinking, and computer science education. He is a PI on a National science Foundation grant to establish an evidence-based professional development (PD) program, including continuous online support, to improve teachers' knowledge to... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
International II

1:30pm

Partners for a Path in K-12 Computer Science
Speakers
OA

Owen Astrachan

No bio provided.
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Gail Chapman

Gail Chapman is the Director of Outreach for Exploring Computer Science. Gail works with partner districts on strategic planning related to implementation of ECS, including professional development, leadership development, and sustainability. She is co-designer of the ECS curriculum and professional development model. Gail also represents the ECS program as lead facilitator for the CS10K Community of Practice and has served on the AP CS... Read More →
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Joanna Goode

Joanna Goode is an Associate Professor of Education Studies at the University of Oregon. She previously taught computer science and mathematics in a diverse urban high school. Joanna is a co-author of the book, Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing, and co-designer of the national Exploring Computer Science curriculum and professional development program. Joanna is a member of ACM’s Education Policy Committee and a member... Read More →
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Irene Lee

Irene Lee is the Director of the Learning Lab at Santa Fe Institute. She is the Principal Investigator of New Mexico Computer Science for Al and Yo-GUTC, and Program Director of Project GUTS: Growing Up Thinking Scientifically. Irene received a BA in Pure Mathematics from the University of Chicago and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the Chair of the CSTA Computational Thinking Task Force and served as a member of the... Read More →
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Kiki Prottsman

Kiki is the Executive Director of Thinkersmith and former computer science instructor at the University of Oregon. Now Creative Director of Algorithms Magazine and star of KIKIvsIT, Kiki was recently named one of Lane County’s 20 rising stars under the age of 40. 
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Emmanuel Schanzer

Emmanuel Schanzer is the founder of Bootstrap, a national program that partners with districts across the country to teach students to program their own video games using pure algebra. Bootstrap can be implemented as a stand-alone CS class, or integrated as part of a mainstream algebra 1 curriculum. It has been shown to improve performance on Common Core algebra tasks, and has been supported by organizations like TripAdvisor, Google, Microsoft... Read More →
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Pat Youngpradit

Pat Yongpradit is the Director of Education for Code.org, the non-profit dedicated to promoting computer science education. He is a national voice on K-12 computer science education and has been featured in the book, “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom.” As a high school computer science teacher, he inspired students to create mobile games and apps for social causes, and implemented initiatives to broaden participation in... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Spicewood

1:30pm

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Student Groups in New Mexico Computer Science for all
In this panel, we describe the New Mexico Computer Science for All program (NMCSforAll)
and accompanying classes that were designed to teach computer science and
computational thinking through modeling and simulation in a broadly accessible manner.
The program has demonstrated effectiveness in attracting and retaining a diverse range of
teachers and students from dramatically different teaching environments and
communities. The resulting diversity of students exposed to computer science through
this program is unprecedented in New Mexico and in the country. The pedagogy,
curriculum and flexible approach allowed students who might not normally take a
computer science class to participate and succeed. The overall number and diversity of
students who complete the class are evidence of its promise. The panel, representative of
the different regions and cultural contexts, will discuss how elements of the program
were customized to work for them and their students and lessons learned in the process.

Speakers
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Lauren Curry

Lauren Curry is a high school teacher at Las Cruces High School in New Mexico. She teaches a dual-credit OOP Computer Science course through the University of New Mexico, an Intro to Java class and a Video Game Design class. She also is a Language Arts teacher and a Yearbook Adviser. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a BA in English and completed an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. She discovered her love for computer science... Read More →
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Jeremy Jensen

My district boarders the Navajo Nation in Gallup, New Mexico. Currently I teach Chemistry and AP Chemistry but am endorsed in all of the sciences along with German. I have been a part of NM CSforALL since the first cohort of teachers and have been involved in both teaching Computer Science courses and facilitating in new groups of teachers joining NM CSforAll. My interests in Computer Science includes reaching populations of students normally... Read More →
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Vernetta Noble

My name is Vernetta Noble. I am a Native of the Shiprock, born and raised in the area. I am a Computer/Business Teacher at Shiprock High School. I began teaching at Shiprock High in 1998. My vision was to experience the real world and bring the knowledge back into the classroom. Throughout the years, I have taught computer and business classes. I am an Alumni of Shiprock High School. It was always a dream of mine to teach at my school. I... Read More →
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Maureen Psaila-Dombrowski

Maureen Psaila-Dombrowski is the program manager for the Santa Fe Institute’s New Mexico Computer Science for All program, NM-CSforAll (NSF-CE21, #1240992). NM- CSforAll is a statewide professional development program that prepares teachers to offer a dual-credit computer science class in their high schools. The class teaches computer science through complexity science and modeling of STEM problems. She has also been involved as a program... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
International I

1:30pm

Sponsor Spotlight 3 — Survival Guide to Minecraft + CS
TBD

Speakers
MB

Michael Braun

Michael Braun's innovative approach to teaching Computer Science has been highlighted by the New York Times, the Seattle Times, GeekWire, Code.org, TeacherCast, SimpleK12, Microsoft Research, TEALS, and the Daily Edventures blog. Washington State's Governor Jay Inslee also recognized the computer science program. A former Computer Science teacher, Michael Braun currently serves as an Instructional Technology Coach. His focus is in the integration... Read More →
PD

Peli de Halleux

No bio provided.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Pheasant Ridge

2:45pm

Effective Blended Learning in Computer Science
Engage students and build relationships by implementing blended learning in your computer science class. Using a learning management system, create an online forum where computer science students deepen their understanding through reviewing other students' code, discussion, and reflection. Learn how to effectively blend face-to-face and online activities in your computer science class.

Speakers
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Kim Garcia

Kim Garcia is the Educational Technology Coordinator at Georgetown ISD in Georgetown, Texas. She serves as the President of the TCEA Technology Applications and Computer Science Special Interest Group (TA/CS-SIG). Kim is a former high school computer science and web-mastering teacher. She works to broaden participation in computer science K-12 by facilitating Hour of Code events in Georgetown ISD schools and with local organizations such as... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Llano Estacado

2:45pm

GenCyber Summer Camps for High School Teachers and Students
GenCyber summer camps are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide summer camps for high school teachers and students at locations across the nation. Following the lead from the StarTalk program, GenCyber is spreading cyber security instructional resources to teachers and exploratory sessions to students across the nation.

Speakers
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Josh Pauli

Dr. Josh Pauli received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from North Dakota State University and now serves as an Associate Professor of Cyber Security at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, SD. Dr. Pauli has published over 30 international journal and conference papers related to software security and recently authored a book titled The Basics of Web Hacking with Syngress Publishing. His work also includes invited presentations from... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Llano Estacado

2:45pm

TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools)
You will learn about how TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools) can support your classroom or school. TEALS is a grassroots program that recruits, trains, mentors, and places high tech professionals from across the country into your classroom.

Speakers
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Michael Braun

Michael Braun's innovative approach to teaching Computer Science has been highlighted by the New York Times, the Seattle Times, GeekWire, Code.org, TeacherCast, SimpleK12, Microsoft Research, TEALS, and the Daily Edventures blog. Washington State's Governor Jay Inslee also recognized the computer science program. A former Computer Science teacher, Michael Braun currently serves as an Instructional Technology Coach. His focus is in the integration... Read More →
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Kevin Wang

Kevin has an undergrad in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a graduate degree in Education from Harvard University. He built and taught a 7-12 Computer Science curriculum for three years at a San Francisco Bay Area high school and additional years part time at a local Seattle-area school, robotics summer camp, after school at the Community Charter School of Cambridge, and online at UMass Boston. He was a member of... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Llano Estacado

2:45pm

Achieving a Shared Goal with AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles
This session will provide an opportunity for AP CSA Development Committee members
to share information regarding the AP CSA course and will discuss plans for collecting
feedback from college faculty regarding course content and approaches to programming
techniques and languages. AP Computer Science Principles DC members will then
discuss the new AP CS Principles course and plans for the development and launch of the
course and exam. The session will largely comprise a Q&A session addressing questions
regarding both courses.

Speakers
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Sandy Czajka

Sandy Czajka is a teacher at Riverside Brookfield High School in a suburb of Chicago. Sandy has been a teacher for 23 years and has taught AP Computer Science A for the past 16 years. Sandy has attended the AP CS Reading for the past 7 years and is currently a member of the AP Computer Science A Development Committee. 
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Lien Diaz

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Dan Garcia

Dan Garcia is a Senior Lecturer with Security Of Employment in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, and joined the faculty in 2000. He was chosen as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, serves on the ACM Education Board, the AP Computer Science Principles Development Committee, and is the faculty champion for the local CSTA chapter. He is the co-developer of an engaging introductory computing course for non-majors, "CS10: The Beauty and Joy of... Read More →
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Richard Kick

Richard Kick teaches math and computer science at Newbury Park High School in California. Rich earned a Mathematics Education degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana –Champaign, and a master's degree in Mathematics from Chicago State University. He has taught AP Computer Science using Pascal (beginning in 1984), C++, and Java. After working as a C++ programmer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Rich served as a College Board... Read More →
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Andrew Kuemmel

Andy Kuemmel teaches CS Principles as a College Board pilot instructor at Madison West High School and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Andy was a co-author of the CE-21 grant entitled “PUMP-CS: Preparing the Upper Midwest for the Principles of Computer Science” and serves on its leadership team. He is the founding president of the Wisconsin Dairyland chapter of the CSTA and is working with the Wisconsin Department of Public... Read More →
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Glen Martin

Robert Glen Martin is a computer science teacher at the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX. His program has been recognized by the College Board for "Leading the nation/world in helping the widest segment of their total school population attain college-level mastery of AP Computer Science." He is a College Board endorsed workshop consultant, a member of the AP Computer Science A Test Development Committee, and an AP Computer Science... Read More →
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Deepa Muralidhar

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Fran Trees

Fran Trees is the Director of Undergraduate Introductory Instruction in the CS Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she teaches introductory computer science and oversees CS courses for non-majors. She holds a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Computer Science from Pace University. Since 1985, she has been actively involved with the College Board as an AP CS consultant and has served as an AP CS Development... Read More →
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Paul Tymann

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Lester Wainwright

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Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Spicewood

2:45pm

Changing Computing Education Policy in Your State
Real change in the distributed US education system is made locally. National groups like
Code.org and CSTA are generating enthusiasm for computing education, but making
change at the state, district, and school level requires the active participation of
individuals and local organizations to engage policy makers, superintendents, and
communities. A reform process for improving computing education pathways will take
place at multiple stages (from elementary/middle/high schools, community and four-year
colleges, and universities) and state by state. The leaders in this session are changing
computing education in California, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Their goal is to make
computing education accessible to all students. They will present approaches that have
worked in each state, and what’s not worked, to show how different states need different
strategies. Most of the session is interactive: The audience will caucus by state, and will
then pose state-specific questions to the panel.

Speakers
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W. Richards Adrion

W. Richards (Rick) Adrion, with Renee Fall (UMass), Mark Guzdial (Georgia Tech) and Barbara Ericson (Georgia Tech), directs the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance. ECEP is designed to increase the pipeline of women and underrepresented minorities entering K-20 education pathways. He co-leads the Education and Outreach working group for the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, an UMass-MIT-BU-Harvard-NEU... Read More →
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Renee Fall

Renee Fall is co-PI for the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, which is supporting state-level computing education reforms (www.ecepalliance.org). She is also project manager of the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) (www.caite.info), a Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance of Massachusetts public campuses, based at UMass Amherst. She is inspired by the teachers she’s recruited... Read More →
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Mark Guzdial

Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He studies how people come to understand computing and how to make that more effective. He leads the CSLearning4U project to create ebooks to help high school teachers learn CS. He is one of the leads on the NSF alliance “Expanding Computing Education Pathways" which helps US states improve and broaden their... Read More →
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Debra Richardson

Debra Richardson is Professor of Informatics at UCIrvine, which she joined in 1987. In 2000, she became department chair of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), which she led to become the only UC computing-focused school, and was appointed founding dean of the Bren School of ICS. Richardson is a long-time advocate for increasing participation of women and URMs in computing. She chairs the Alliance for California Computing Education for... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
International I

2:45pm

Learning Computer Science Through Making
The Maker/DIY movement has become popular everywhere, including in education.
There are many overlaps between making and Computer Science. This session will
explore ways to connect Computer Science to other disciplines through maker projects.
Using example projects that have already been successful, we will share resources and
ideas for creating projects that cover a variety of Computer Science topics. Using the
CSTA and Common Core standards, we will show how many of these projects can cover
multiple standards and be engaging and rewarding.

Speakers
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Ryan Barnes

Ryan is the Coordinator of the Middle School DREAM Lab® at The Baldwin School. He is a recent graduate of Drexel University, where he earned his degree in Engineering with a minor in Education. He has worked in many Fab Labs during the summers, including serving as part of the MakerCorps, a group of volunteers who work in underserved communities to teach technology, engineering and fabrication skills to teens. He's facilitated numerous... Read More →
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Laura Blankenship

Laura is the Chair of Computer Science at The Baldwin School, an all-girls' pre-K through 12 school outside of Philadelphia. Starting with one class five years ago, the CS program now includes 3 full years of elective Computer Science courses in the Upper School, a required program through the DREAM Lab in the Middle and Lower School. Her approach to CS is inquiry-based and "maker" driven, with a focus on student-driven learning and projects... Read More →
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Brie Daley

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Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
International II

2:45pm

Pedagogy Is An Equity Issue
Do you want to help your students learn to code, but don't know how to get started? You do not have to have a computer science background to engage students in learning the art of coding. Bootstrap is an easy way to implement pedagogy that teaches students how to code and develop word problem solving strategies. We will discuss how the Bootstrap curriculum has been used in our urban school setting by non-CS teachers, to teach coding and improve math skills for our students.

Speakers
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Gail Chapman

Gail Chapman is the Director of Outreach for Exploring Computer Science. Gail works with partner districts on strategic planning related to implementation of ECS, including professional development, leadership development, and sustainability. She is co-designer of the ECS curriculum and professional development model. Gail also represents the ECS program as lead facilitator for the CS10K Community of Practice and has served on the AP CS... Read More →
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Emmanuel Schanzer

Emmanuel Schanzer is the founder of Bootstrap, a national program that partners with districts across the country to teach students to program their own video games using pure algebra. Bootstrap can be implemented as a stand-alone CS class, or integrated as part of a mainstream algebra 1 curriculum. It has been shown to improve performance on Common Core algebra tasks, and has been supported by organizations like TripAdvisor, Google, Microsoft... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pheasant Ridge

2:45pm

Pencil Code: Bridging Between Visual Blocks and Text-Based CS Education
This session provides an in-depth look at some methods and strategies teachers can use
to transition students between visual programming and text-based coding. We will work
with the open source-coding environment Pencil Code, a tool with a dual-mode editor
that switches between visual block programming and text programming seamlessly. The
tool allows students to work with programs with any level of complexity using either
blocks or CoffeeScript text code. Attendees will come away with an understanding of
best practices when teaching students transitioning to text code for the first time, and they
will gain practical experience with lessons involving functions and data. We will discuss
our experiences teaching using the tool, and we will share curriculum material
appropriate for middle school and high-school classrooms. The tool is open-source and
free to use online at http://pencilcode.net/.

Speakers
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David Bau

David Bau is a software engineer at Google and the creator of Pencil Code. His work focuses on broadening access to computer science education through online learning environments. Prior to his work on educational software, David was a developer on variety of products including Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Image Search. David holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard and an M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University. 
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Matthew Dawson

Matthew Dawson is a teaching fellow at Google. Since 2013, he has worked on CS First, an after-school computer science curriculum for middle school students. Prior to Google, Matt taught fourth and fifth grade in South Chicago. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University. 
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Cait Pickens

Cait Sydney Pickens is a teaching fellow at Google. She works on CS First, an after- school computer science curriculum for elementary and middle school students designed to engage under-represented minorities in the field. Before Google, she worked on Software Carpentry at Mozilla and taught middle school computer science on Pine Ridge Reservation. She holds a B.A. from Lake Forest College in Computer Science. 


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
St. Genevieve

4:00pm

Closing Keynote | Video Games: The Ultimate Computer Science Education
Join Gearbox Software, award-winning independent developer of the Borderlands and Brothers in Arms franchises, as CEO Randy Pitchford will draw from his experiences with interactive entertainment to promote video games as the perfect platform to excite and engage the programmers of tomorrow with computer science education. The presentation will include a question and answer session featuring Gearbox Vice President of Product Development Aaron Thibault, Lead Programmer Jimmy Sieben and programmer Amy Price, so bring your best questions!

Speakers
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Jimmy Siebon

Jimmy Sieben has been a programmer and a game maker for over 20 years. He is currentlyTechnical Director at Gearbox Software, directing backend infrastructure that powers AAA console, PC, and mobile games. He has been with Gearbox for 13 years working on gameplay and networking code for titles such as Halo: Combat Evolved on Windows, Brothers in Arms, Borderlands, and Borderlands 2. Most recently, he has spent 4 years working with Amazon Web... Read More →
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Aaron Thibault

Aaron Thibault is Vice President of Product Development at Gearbox Software and Executive Producer of Borderlands games. He is a 18-year veteran developer with a wide range of experience, spanning MMOs, RPGs, shooters, simulations, Army training, AI R&D, cinematics, animation, and sound design. Aaron teaches in both the Computer Science and Film & Digital Media programs at Baylor University, and has built and led undergraduate and... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Texas Grande Ballroom