One More Trip: CECC and ACM Ed Board

December 8, 2010 at 11:19 am 3 comments

One last business trip of the year (by plane — I’m driving to visit collaborators in “Georgia Computes!” next week).  I’m heading today to Seattle, where I’ll have three days of meetings at Microsoft’s Lincoln Square facility in Bellevue, WA.

  • Thursday and Friday are about establishing a Computing Education Coordinating Council (CECC).  ACM and IEEE collaborate on curricular volumes, but there are more issues in computing education than that.  And while there are some important new collaborations around computing education starting up (like Computing in the Core), the IS and IT communities have been pretty much left out.  CECC is about bringing all parties to the table for a unified voice in computing education.  CECC will be most useful at the K-12 level, I think, since the issues there are the same, whether you care about CS, IS, IT, CE, SE, or any number of other two letter computing degree designations that I’m forgetting.
  • Friday and Saturday are an ACM Education Board meeting.  Lots of topics to discuss, including the 2013 CS Curriculum volume that Mehran Sahami is heading, the new AP CS efforts (Larry Snyder will be able to tell us how his pilot at U.Washington went), CSEd week, and international initiatives.


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  • 1. Hélène Martin  |  December 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Sounds like a busy, productive time! I hope you’ll tell us more about the Computing Education Coordinating Council.

    Next time you’ve got some free time in Seattle, you should come say hi to some amazing high school programmers!!

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  December 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

      Would be wonderful, Hélène! Sorry I can’t on this trip.

  • 3. Joe Kmoch  |  December 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Mark – glad to hear that some attention is being paid to the IS and IT areas; about half the career openings that are touted by the US Dept of Labor projections and that we all talk about are actually in areas like IS and IT. Certainly the IT Career Cluster document spells that out in its 4 Pathways which includes CS but also includes other things interesting to kids – networks, support, interactive media, database work – lots of crossover with CS in all of these and many opportunities for kids to explore in K-12.


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