Indiana CSTA Chapter Updates October 2016

CSTA_social_on_blu-01Notes and updates from your friends at the Indiana Hoosier Heartland CSTA!

  • We have worked hard to prepare an entire track of computer science offerings at the upcoming November IBEA Conference. Register today!
  • We have also partnered with Nextech to offer a K-12 Computer Science Teacher Meet-Up on Thursday, November 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 at their new location in the Speak Easy Downtown at 47 S Meridian St. There will be food and drinks provided by Nextech and anyone can join for informal conversation about computer science education. Just sign up here today! Come join us to chat with other computer science teachers which is not something most of us can do every day! If you are in town for the IBEA Conference it is only around a $10 Uber ride from the conference hotel and then you don’t have to pay for parking.
  • Did you know that Oracle Academy offers free curriculum and teacher training in database and Java courses? You can sign up to become a member for free today to check it out. You can also learn more at the November IBEA Conference as they will be presenting 2 concurrent sessions on their curriculum.
    CS #4: Introducing JAVA Programs using Greenfoot!
    CS #6: Solve it with SQL!
  • Zulama Game Design Curriculum is an extensive and rigorous curriculum designed at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to game design and programming courses, they also offer courses in business and marketing of games. The CEO of the company will present a concurrent session at the November IBEA Conference!!!
    CS #3: Using Game Design to Prepare students for High-Tech Careers
  • Did you know that Nextech is a local non-profit which supports K-12 Computer Science Education? They offer free professional development often even with teacher stipends. They partner with to offer their national curriculum here in Indiana. offers 1 of the 5 College Board approved curriculums for the new AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) course. Come learn more about this curriculum at an early bird session presented by Julie Alano, a CSP Facilitator, at the IBEA November Conference. Stephanie Zircher, Senior Director of Operations at Nextech, will join Julie at a concurrent session about how to get computer science in your school as well. EB: AP Computer Science Principles – Come learn what it is all about CS #2: Implementing a Computer Science program in your school.
  • There are plenty of other sessions being offered by teachers just like you that will provide excellent resources for teaching computer science in your school.
    CS #3: Tips and Tools for Teaching Computer Science, Karen Podell, Westfield High School
    CS #3: CyberPatriot + Cybersecurity = FUN, Scot McAtee, Twin Lakes High School
    CS #4: Use MIT’s App Inventor to Increase Student Enrollment in your Programming Pathway, Scot McAtee, Twin Lakes High School
    CS #4: Web Design Round Table, Kari Richardson, Noblesville High School
    CS #5: How to Start a Computer Club, Kent London, Carmel Middle School
    CS #6: Enhance your Interactive Media Course Curriculum, Michelle Pittman, South Bend Community School Corporation