The ISTE Computer Science Network (CSN) has announced CS Firehose 2018, an intense series of interlocking sessions preceding the ISTE Chicago Conference and Exposition the afternoon of Saturday, June 23 at location TBA in the McCormick Place West building.
The CS Firehose is scheduled from 12:30 PM through 6:00 PM with sessions which will address the many interrelated educational initiatives, ideas, and curricula which focus on computational thinking and computer science. Three concurrent strands throughout the afternoon are planned, with each strand consisting of related presentations or activities provided by quality professional development leaders and educators including those confirmed from WeTeach_CS, Microsoft (ISTE Mission Sponsor), Google for Education (ISTE 2018 Gold Sponsor), MIT Media Lab, Bootstrap, BirdBrain Technologies, Unity3D (ISTE 2018 Silver Sponsor), NCWIT, Heidi Williams (ISTE author of No Fear Coding) and many more. And a very special opening keynote from a true champion of computer science education is scheduled: Dr. Mitch Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab and creator of the Scratch programming language.
Attendance is FREE with ISTE 2018 registration, but attendees must pre-register for CS Firehose.
The need for CS educational initiatives is urgent with worker shortages throughout the field. Yet, at local, state and national levels, there is a critical shortage of qualified professional educators to teach computer science and cultivate young minds to think computationally. The goal of the Computer Science Network is to help computing educators at every level to discover what is available and to provide the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of approaches and curricula. So, plan to join us as we open the valves and turn on the CS FIREHOSE … prepare to get drenched with new and exciting CS info, resources, and ideas!