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Acm Turc 2017: Come See Amber, Dan, And Me In China
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The ACM Turing China conference will have a SIGCSE track this May.  Come see SIGCSE Chair Amber Settle, world-famous CS educator Dan Garcia (recently in NYTimes) from Berkeley, and me in Shanghai in May. The ACM TURC 2017 (SIGCSE China) conference is a new leading international forum at the intersection of computer science and the learning […] Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:00:16 +0000

Stanford Cs Department Updates Introductory Courses: Java Is Gone
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Stanford has decided to move away from Java in their intro courses. Surprisingly, they have decided to move to JavaScript.  Philip Guo showed that most top CS departments are moving to Python.  The Stanford Daily article linked below doesn’t address any other languages considered. The SIGCSE-Members list recently polled all of their members to talk […] Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:09:43 +0000

Google Seeking Input On Next Directions In Cs Education Research
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Please follow the survey link below to give feedback to Google on what you think is important in CS education research. We are collecting input to inform the direction of Google’s computer science (CS) education research in order to better support the field.  As researchers, educators, and advocates working in the field everyday, your input […] Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:45 +0000

Katie Cunningham Receives Nsf Fellowship: Studying How Cs Students Use Sketching And Tracing
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Kate Cunningham is a first year PhD student working with me in computing education research.  She just won an NSF graduate research fellowship, and the College of Computing interviewed her. She explains the direction that she’s exploring now, which I think is super exciting. “I’m interested in examining the kinds of things students draw and […] Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:00:03 +0000

Report From Jan Cuny On Computer Science Education For Everyone: A Groundswell Of Support
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Jan Cuny wrote a blog post about where we are in the effort to provide CS education to everyone.  Next month is important for the CS for All effort — the first offering of the AP CS Principles exam is May 5.  Last I heard, over 46,000 students had turned in materials for their digital […] Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:38:01 +0000

Nsf Report: Women, Minorities, And Persons With Disabilities In Science And Engineering
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A useful report when trying to make an argument for the importance of Broadening Participation in Computing efforts: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering provides statistical information about the participation of these three groups in science and engineering education and employment. Its primary purpose is to serve as a statistical abstract with […] Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:00:48 +0000

University Cs Graduation Surpasses Its 2003 Peak, With Poor Diversity
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Code.org just blogged that we have set a record in the number of BS in CS graduates. University CS graduates have set a new record, finally surpassing the number of degrees earned 14 years ago.With a 15% increase in computer science graduates (49,291 bachelor’s degrees), 2015 had the largest number of CS graduates EVER! The […] Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:00:32 +0000

Research Highlight: Cra Board Member Susanne Hambrusch
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I’ve worked with Susanne in a variety of contexts and recommend checking out her page linked below.  She’s taught me a lot about how computing education research connects to the rest of CS, as described in the quote below.  She’s done some interesting work on CS teacher professional development. Most recently, she is one of […] Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:00:13 +0000

The Limitations Of Computational Thinking: Nytimes
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The New York Times ran a pair of articles on computing education yesterday, one on Computational Thinking (linked above and quoted below) and one on the new AP CS Principles exam.  Shriram and I are quoted as offering a more curmudgeonly view on computational thinking.  (Yes, I fixed the name of my institution in the […] Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:00:08 +0000

Elementary School Computer Science – Misconceptions And Developmental Progressions: Papers From Sigcse 2017
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March 8-11, Seattle hosted the ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium for 2017. This was the largest SIGCSE ever, with over 1500 attendees. I was there and stayed busy (as I described here). This post isn’t a trip report. I want to talk about two of my favorite papers (and one disappointing one) that I’ve read so […] Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000