Help Create Computational Thinking Resources
ISTE and the Computer Science Teachers Association
(CSTA) are teaming up to build a common language
around the concept of computational thinking, and
they are calling on educators to help develop resources
to bring it into the K– 12 classroom. Typically, compu-
tational thinking is considered a higher-order skill that
serves as a foundation for computer science and the
science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines.
With an award from the National Science Foundation, ISTE and CSTA hope
to come up with an operational definition of the concept and a plan to develop
implementation resources for K– 12 teachers to use across the curriculum.
ISTE and CSTA will host a meeting of thought leaders in the spring to help
define the key concepts. In August, they’ll convene a group of curriculum
specialists, staff developers, and educators who teach everything from art and
the social sciences to math and the hard sciences to develop resources that can
move computational thinking from concept to practice.
ISTE Advocacy Events in D.C.
If you’ll be in Washington, D.C.,
next month, join us for these
The ABC’s of Advocacy, March 2, $25
registration. Strengthen your skills,
confidence, and state-level networking
at ISTE’s premier advocacy workshop.
Washington Education Technology Policy
Conference, March 3, $25 registration.
Attendees will go to Capitol Hill to
meet with congressional staff. Conference planners will set up the meetings
and prepare participants with talking
For more information, contact ISTE’s
director of government affairs, Hilary
Goldmann, at 1.202.861.7777.
International Teachers Invited to ISTE 2010
ISTE participated in Microsoft’s Worldwide Innova-
tive Education Forum in Salvador, Brazil, Novem-
ber 3–6, 2009. The forum recognizes teachers who
have demonstrated an exemplary use of technology
in the classroom. More than 250 regional winners
from more than 60 countries were in Salvador vying for one of 12 worldwide
Innovative Teacher awards.
In addition to educators participating in the Innovative Teachers program,
leaders from 42 schools focused on transforming their school communities as
part of the Partners in Learning Innovative Schools program. ISTE’s Deputy
CEO Leslie Conery served as a judge and participated as a keynote session
panelist. ISTE will welcome this year’s award winners from England, Scotland,
Brazil, Australia, Israel, Mexico, China, United States, France, Lesotho, Thailand, and Belgium to ISTE 2010 in Denver in June.
denver JUNE 27–30
Colorado Convention Center
Sign Up for ISTE 2010 Workshops
Visit the ISTE 2010 website ( www.iste.org/conference/2010) to use the searchable database to find more than 700 sessions and paid workshops by topic, date,
and other criteria. If you’ve already registered for the conference, you can add
workshops, tours, or other ticketed events to your online conference planner
beginning February 17, 2010. Register by March 31, 2010, to take advantage of
Super Early Bird rates.
Submit an Article Online
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to L&L is now easier than ever,
using our new online submissions
form. Visit www.iste.org/LL and
click the Submit Articles link to
read a simple how-to that includes
L&L’s style guide, copyright information, and a submissions kit,
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