At the Marriott Hotel in San Antonio, TX, there were close to 200 teachers from across the world attending the annual Computer Science Teachers Association Symposium. I have been fortunate to attend this event in the past as an attendee and as a speaker and I always look forward to it every year.
I enjoy meeting new teachers and talking to them about what they are doing in the class. I also enjoy seeing old friends and the opportunity to learn something new at this event.
My presentation was on Web Development using DotNetNuke. I've been using DotNetNuke in my web design class for a couple of years now so I was able to share with teachers how I teach my Web Design class. The room was full and only one person left during my presentation, so I think it was successful.
I was able to attend presentations by John Nordlinger who works for Microsoft Research. John has been involved with Game Programming and shared with us what colleges and universities were doing with game programming. I hope John's presentation will include several high school's that are teaching game programming in his next presentation because there are several of us doing that.
Leigh Ann Sudol who was on the Board at CSTA with me gave an interesting presentation on Teaching Technology with Technology. Leigh Ann does some interesting things with her programming students like having them blog, using a wikki, and a bulletin board in her class.
Chris Stephenson who is the Executive Director for CSTA gave an excellent presentation on the political landscape advocating for CS. Chris is extremely knowledgeable and stays current with state changes.
If you're a computer science teacher, you really should join CSTA and stay current with great periodicals that are mailed to you and you have access to a great website that is full of resources for you to use. Membership is free, so you have nothing to lose.