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Summit on CS education in South Carolina

Duncan Buell and Lonnie Emard have an op-ed piece in today’s The State about the summit we’re co-hosting this weekend as part of our ECEP Alliance efforts in South Carolina.  ECEP is bringing in Cameron Wilson from Code.org, Dale Reed from University of Illinois-Chicago who is a leader in the Exploring CS effort there, and Marie desJardins to talk about her efforts in Maryland (as well as Rick Adrion and me, to talk about efforts in Massachusetts and Georgia). There is still space available, if readers in South Carolina would like to join us — see the invitation here.

This Friday and Saturday, IT-oLogy, together with the University of South Carolina, will host the Computing Education in South Carolina Summit. This event, funded in part with an Expanding Computing Education Pathways grant from the National Science Foundation, will provide outreach to policymakers in government and education about the importance of teaching “real computer science” in South Carolina and the fact that the state is not so far behind national leaders that it could not itself become a national leader.

The prediction is that three out of five job openings in the computer/information sciences, life/physical sciences, engineering and mathematics fields are asking for university degrees in computer science, and starting salaries nationally for computer science graduates are better than $60,000 a year. In spite of these inducements, enrollments in computer science are low, and the nation is producing only one-third of the university graduates in computer science as there are jobs available.

via Columbia, SC: Buell, Emard: Summit can help make SC a leader in ‘real computer science’ education | Letters to the Editor | The State.

November 4, 2013 at 11:23 am 5 comments

Strong vision drives growth in CS course at Princeton

The course at Princeton does sound really cool, but I’m not convinced that the course content/curriculum is driving the growth.  As we found with MediaComp, the curriculum seems to have little to do with enrollment in a course.  I wonder what comparable courses (say, at Harvard or Yale) look like in terms of enrollment.

I strongly agree with the argument that they’re making below for the importance of computational literacy.

Sedgewick said he is pleased that the course leads many students to a greater interest in computer science, but he feels strongly that computers are so integral to modern society that a basic understanding of the field should be a part of any education. In the introduction to their textbook, “Introduction to Programming in Java,” Sedgewick and Wayne say that in the modern world computer science cannot be left to specialists.

“The basis for education in the last millennium was reading, writing and arithmetic; now it is reading, writing and computing,” they write.

via story-04 – Princeton Engineering.

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