2013 CSTA Conference


From the CSTA Conference Site:

The important thing to note is that the “Call for Proposals” is now open.  Please consider submitting one.


July 15-16, 2013
Quincy, Massachusetts, USA 

Official 2013 CSTA Annual Conference hashtag: #CSTA13 

July 15: Hands-on Workshops
July 16: Keynotes and Breakouts

The 2013 CSTA Annual Conference (formerly known as the Computer Science & Information Technology (CS&IT) Conference) provides professional development opportunities for K-12 computer science and computer applications teachers who need practical, relevant information to help them prepare their students for the future. For 2013, the conference will be held in Quincy, Massachusetts (just outside Boston). 
 

Important Dates

Call for Proposals: Opens December 10, 2012
Call for Proposals: Closes January 24, 2013
Proposal Selection: Acceptance/Rejection Notifications Sent By March 7, 2013
Registration: Opens February 1st, 2013
Registration: Closes June 16, 2013
Housing: Opens February 1st, 2013
Housing: Closes June 10, 2013 


 

For a thoughtful description about the CSTA Conference, read Alfred Thompson’s post today

I have a number of posts about the CSTA Conference here on the blog.  Follow this link.

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Searching it All


When I’m searching for things on the internet, I really don’t want to spend time wandering around aimlessly trying one strategy and then another.

I’ve had a lot of success by changing the way that I think about search. I like to frame my thoughts in the form of a question.  This helps me generate the expressions that feed my searching process.  Thank you Alex Trebek.

The way I figure it, at least currently, there are three types of things that might reasonably lead to answers to my question.  First, there’s a database of darn near everything put online.  That leads me, of course, to Google.

But, secondly, I do a great deal of reading and discovery.  I interact with a lot of smart people and that generates some great content.  I tuck the best of the best away in my Diigo account.  (It’s public; I figure if I found it, there might be someone somewhere that could use it as well.)

Finally, there are things that are happening right now.  This instant, in fact.  You can’t beat Twitter for that.  That can lead to an instant answer to a question and maybe Google doesn’t know about it or places a different relevancy to it.

How can one get the best of all of these?  Well, you could do it in three steps, or you could do it in three tabs.

There’s another way.  Combine them.

In the news today is the monkey found in the IKEA store.  Here’s what it looks like using my current search strategy…

Searching for “monkey”!

In my Chrome Browser, after doing the search, I’m seeing…

1)  Here are the standard results from a Google Search

2)  Here are the results from my Diigo library.  Apparently, I’ve never bookmarked anything about monkeys before!

3)  This is the live Twitter discussion including the term monkey.

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Making Google the default search is easy.  I chose the Encrypted Google option as default.

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I have the Diigo Chrome Extension installed so that I can easily bookmark resources on the web and send them to my Diigo account.  If you check the settings, there’s an option to select your Diigo account when doing a Google search.  I used to make Diigo my default search engine but this gives me the best of both worlds.

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Finally, the Twitter part is achieved with the HashPlug extension.  Install it and the current Twitter conversation surrounding your search appears and is refreshed live on the right side of the screen.  As you know, it’s also the preview area for Google results so if you mouse over the results, they do pop up as per normal.  It’s worth noting that HashPlug displays 3 or 4 results in the space allotted and when more are returned, you get a set of scrollbars to keep on looking.

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This is my current way of configuring things to give me the best results for my time spent searching.  For my purposes, it has made all three search strategies pretty efficient.

Got a better way?  I’d be interested in reading about it.  There’s room below.

OTR Links 12/12/2012


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.