There is always a little something for everyone involved in CS education: university level CS instructors, K-12 CS teachers, curriculum designers, outreach program coordinators, and teachers who run extracurricular programs in computing.
I’ve run through the workshop schedule as well as the list of paper sessions, special sessions, and birds-of-a-feather sessions and have made my schedule for the conference. I am particularly excited about this year’s offerings and know that taking a few days off of work will be well worth my time spent away from my students. I’m personally looking forward to:
- Integrating Live Projects into Computing Curriculum
- Supporting Creativity and User Interaction in CS1 Homework Assignments
- Gender and Diversity
- Computer Scientists at the Biology Lab Bench
- A Data Programming CS1 Course
- Computer Science Principles Curricula: On-the-ground, Adoptable, Adaptable, Approaches to Teaching
- Illustrating the Interaction of Algorithms and Data Structures Using the Matching Problem
- Flipped Classroom Strategies for CS Education
- Automatically Generated Feedback For CS Student Work: Best Practices
- AP CS A – Sharing Teaching Strategies And Curricular Ideas
- Demo on EngageCS.edu
- Expressions Of Abstraction: Self-explanation In Code Production
- Engage your Students with the Power of Data
- Exploring Computer Science Topics with Programmable Smartwatches
- Bug Infestation! A Goal-Plan Analysis of CS2 Students' Recursive Binary Search Tree Solutions
- Technology We Can't Live Without!
- Nifty Assignments in CS1/CS2
- Teaching Privacy
- …and the Exhibits
More importantly, I’m looking forward to being around like-minded professionals to learn from, collaborate with, and to share experiences with about our trials and tribulations of teaching CS. For those K-12 teachers who may not be able to take off three days of school, the conference committee is offering a special rate for both one-day and two-day only experiences. The conference organizers have tried to put sessions on Friday and Saturday which are of most interest to K-12 teachers. For more information about SIGCSE, the conference schedule, and conference fee information visit: http://sigcse2015.sigcse.org/. The early bird registration deadline is coming up on February 1.
I look forward to this event each year like some people look forward to the Super Bowl. Instead of preparing by purchasing the next best thing in TV technology, I’m planning on purchasing the optimal backpack that will hold my laptop, conference swag, textbook samples, and important handouts comfortably for the duration of the conference.
Hope to see fellow NCSSS teachers at SIGCSE 2015!