Computer Science Teachers Association Conference

As you may have already heard, Computer Science Teachers Association is in full swing for our 2014 annual conference. We are very proud of our lineup this year as
we have stellar presenters covering a wide-range of topics that will provide insight, discussion and resources amongst our attendees.

Some of our topics include:

  • Programming
  • APCS
  • Game Design, and more!

For a full lineup of our sessions and workshops, visit:

We hope to see you in St. Charles, July 14-15.

2014 CSTA Annual Conference
July 14-15, 2014 Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Illinois

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.


  • Explore issues and trends relating directly to your classroom

  • Learn, network and interact

  • Choose from various workshops and breakout sessions

Some of this year’s session topics include:

  • Advanced Placement Computer Science

  • Computational Thinking

  • Increasing Enrollment in Computer Science

  • Programming

  • Robotics


  • Yasmin Kafai, Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Michael Kölling, Professor at the School of Computing, University of Kent, in Canterbury, UK.

Pre-registration is required and will be accepted for the first 500 teachers. The registration deadline is June 26, 2014. 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 $75 (+$60 per workshop) includes lunch, resource materials, and a closing session raffle. The 2014 CSTA Annual Conference is made possible by the generous support of Oracle and Universal Technical Institute.

Please note that all workshops are “bring your own laptop” and that workshop registration is limited to 30-40 participants; so be sure to register early to get your workshop choice.

Register at:

For more information contact:


A First Time for Everything

On the event of its 8th birthday, Twitter has released a tool that will let you find your first Twitter message.  Ah, the good ol’ days.  My first message was…

I have no idea the context or even where I was.  I do know that, if I was in Essex County, it might have been one of our famous storms that come up at a moment’s notice.  For those of you who question my sleeping habits, you’ll undoubtedly notice that it was first thing in the morning, even back then.  ~59.5K messages later and here I am today.

I am comforted that my message wasn’t “I hope this works” or “Testing…Testing…Testing” or “I’m in a workshop learning how to Tweet”.

What was your first Twitter message?

Head over to the tool and find out.  It’s located here.

You’re not limited to just yourself.  Find and shame your friends!

I’ll bet that the hashtag #FirstTweet trends for the next week or so until we tire of this and move on….

OTR Links 03/22/2014

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