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Help Wanted: Feedback on the CS10K Website Redesign Plan

The CS10K Community website, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to support the professional development of current and new K-12 computer science educators across the country by providing direct access to:


A Meditation on Coding by a Juvenile Behind Bars

We like to keep busy at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) so it should come as no surprise that serving as a member of the Social Learning Team for the CS10K Community website isn't my only job function. What else occupies my day? I'm the lead technical assistance provider for the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk, with funding from the U.S.


Interested in Participating in a CS10K Website Redesign Teacher Focus Group?

First launched in 2013, the CS10K Community website provides a platform for online and blended CS10K professional learning and collaboration. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is in the planning phase for the site’s redesign and launch in 2015 and is recruiting CS10K teachers to participate in focus groups to help guide this process.


The goals of the next-generation platform for the CS10K community are to respond to former and emerging community needs and embrace cutting edge technologies. Specifically, AIR seeks to:


CS10K Research Team Successfully Launches Innovative Computer Science Curriculum Boosting Female Student Participation

"Exploring Computer Science" boosts female student participation in L.A. school district to double the national average


Tell Your Students: You Can Find True Love With Algorithms and Big Data

In this Wired article, we learn the story of mathematician Chris McKinlay who hacked OKCupid, an online dating site, to find the girl of his dreams while working on his doctoral dissertation on large-scale data processing.


Using Information Visualization to Promote Computing Education

Information visualization (InfoVis) refers to the use of computer-supported, interactive, visual representations of quantitative and qualitative data to simplify and support problem solving and decision making. Drawing on research in behavioral economics, the decision sciences, human-computer interaction, cognitive science, social psychology, graphic design, computer science, semiotics, visual literacy, interface design, art, cartography, and statistics, high-quality InfoVis facilitate the effective communication of otherwise abstract, complex, or overwhelming information.


The CS10K Community Blog: Call for Submissions

In 2013, we launched the CS10K blog. The blog is an opportunity to encourage editorial commentary as well as collegial and constructive debate about the issues that most influence the health and growth of the nation’s pool of computer science educators and students prepared to pursue computing careers.

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