The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) invites you to participate in the 14th Annual CSTA Conference. This event will be held July 14-15, 2014, in St. Charles, Illinois (just outside Chicago).
The CSTA 2014 Program Committee seeks proposal submissions related to the practice of teaching and learning computer science and information technology in K–12. In addition to 3-hour workshops and 1-hour sessions, this year’s conference will include a limited number of 20-minute mini-sessions that focus on pedagogy and best teaching practices.  Proposals for all three session types must include:
·               the names and contact information for all presenters
·               an overview of the session
·               a description of the intended audience (level, knowledge, …)
·               a description of session activity (in sufficient detail for an informed decision)
·               presenter background and presentation experience
Presenters will have the use of a computer projector and screen.  If additional equipment or facilities are required, this should be clearly requested in the proposal; it may be possible to accommodate such requests but this cannot be guaranteed. Presenters will be required to pay for their conference registration.
All proposals will be submitted through the online symposium submission system that can be found at https://www.softconf.com/d/csta2014. If you encounter a problem with the submission system, please contact Duncan Buell at buell@acm.org.
The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2013. Review of proposals will occur shortly thereafter and notification of a decision will be made around January 1, 2014.  All submission will be evaluated on the following criteria:
·               technical quality
·               writing and presentation
·               relevance to CSTA (focus on K-12 computer science or information technology)
Successful proposers should expect to be asked to submit a reasonably final copy of their presentation by June 8, 2014.
Additional conference details can be found at http://www.cstaconference.org.
We look forward to receiving your proposals and to your attendance at the symposium.

A New Look for My Stash

For the longest time, I have used Instapaper as a way to stash away stories that I find but can’t address immediately.  

If it’s something that I want to share with the world right away, I’ll use Twitter.  Packratius does an awesome job of taking any link that I send to Twitter and posting it to Diigo.

If it’s something that I want to bookmark permanently without going through Twitter, I’ll use Diigo directly.

But I’ve always had a need for that something in between.  It may be a story that I want to spend some time with before I decide how to handle it.  It might be an interesting new application that I need to work my way through before the final determination.

To address this need, I stash things away in my Instapaper account.  Like any good connected service these days, it runs through the web but also has an app for major devices like Android, iOS, and Kindle. 

Recently, Instapaper has had a major overhaul in appearance that also results in what I’m finding easier navigation through the thngs in this digital nether world that I’ve created.  True to its name, it does look more like paper but the navigation options along the left really reinforce the concept of instant.

The technique has served me well.  But I’m always open to new ideas.  Do you have a better way to store things temporarily for later consideration?  If so, I’d love to hear about it.

OTR Links 09/10/2013

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