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ACM Europe recommends computing for all students

From the new report from Informatics Europe and ACM Europe:

Recommendation 1. All students should benefit from education in digital literacy, starting from an early age and mastering the basic concepts by age 12. Digital literacy education should emphasize not only skills but also the principles and practices of using them effectively and ethically. 

Recommendation 2. All students should benefit from education in informatics as an independent scientific subject, studied both for its intrinsic intellectual and educational value and for its applications to other disciplines. 

Recommendation 3. A large-scale teacher training program should urgently be started. To bootstrap the process in the short term, creative solutions should be developed involving school teachers paired with experts from academia and industry. 

Recommendation 4. The definition of informatics curricula should rely on the considerable body of existing work on the topic and the specific recommendations of the present report (section 4). 


April 22, 2013 at 1:23 am Leave a comment

CSTA 2013 Conference Registration now open

ECEP is going to have a presence at this year’s CSTA Conference.  Hope you can join us!

July 15 & 16, 2013 Boston Marriott Quincy, Quincy, Massachusetts

 July 15: Hands-on Workshops

July 16: Keynotes and Breakouts


You are cordially invited to attend the 2013 CSTA Annual Conference (formerly known as the Computer Science & Information Technology (CS&IT) Conference). This year’s conference will be held at the Boston Marriott Quincy, just outside of Boston in Quincy, Massachusetts.


The CSTA annual conference is a professional development opportunity for computer science and information technology teachers who need practical, classroom-focused information to help them prepare their students for the future.


Learning and Networking Opportunities:

Take advantage of this opportunity for relevant professional development!

·      Explore issues and trends relating directly to your classroom

·      Network with top professionals from across the country and around the world

·      Interact with other teachers to gain new perspectives on shared challenges


Some of this year’s session topics include:

·      AP Computer Science

·      CSTA’s K-12 Computer Science Standards

·      Equity & Diversity

·      Mobile Applications

·      Robotics


Act now to register for the 2013 CSTA Annual Conference at:


Pre-registration is required and will be accepted for the first 300 teachers. The registration deadline is June 16, 2013. Also, please note that you must complete the payment portion of the online form in order to be fully registered for the conference!


Thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors, the registration fee of $60 (+$60 per workshop) includes lunches, resource materials, and closing session raffle.


Please note that all workshops are “bring your own laptop” and that registration is limited to 30-40 participants, so be sure to register early to get your workshop choice. Workshop registrations are non-transferable and it will not be possible to change workshops onsite. Registration and workshop fees are non-refundable.


The 2013 CSTA Annual Conference is made possible by the generous support of Microsoft, Microsoft Research, Oracle, and the Anita Borg Institute.


Please join us for this exciting event!


Dave Reed

CSTA Annual Conference Program Chair


April 22, 2013 at 1:01 am Leave a comment

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