Teaching Data: A CS10K Community-Wide Online Event



Our first community-wide event is focused on Teaching Data. Data is a key topic in both ECS and CSP. ECS features a whole unit devoted to data and computing, and one of the CSP proposed performance tasks for the AP test is data focused. We've heard from many of you that teaching data is a challenge you'd like to discuss with other teachers and outside experts. On Thursday, December 5th, and Friday, December 6th, we invite you to join a series of panels and a keynote presentation to launch this discussion, which will continue on the CS10K Community site. While all the sessions will be recorded and will be available on the CS10K Community site for later viewing and discussion, we hope you'll consider joining live to interact with the panelists and presenters.

Thursday, December 5th


5:00-6:00 PM ET
Teaching Teachers to Teach Data 

This panel features staff from CS10K projects sharing the professional development resources and activities they've been using to help teachers effectively teach data. Many of the resources they'll reference are available for use by other teachers on the CS10K Community. Panelists will include Gail Chapman, national outreach director for ECS, Pat Phillips of CSTA, Pauline Lake, from the Mobile CSP project, Deepa Muralidhar, a CSP pilot teacher working with the Alabama CSP project, and Jeff Sale, from the ComPASS project at UCSD. 

6:45-7:45 PM ET
Big Data: What's In It For High School Students? 

Practices and tools for acquisition, manipulation, analysis and visualization of data are rapidly evolving and being put to increasingly ambitious and diverse uses. Which of these new developments are likely to be engaging for students to discuss? How can they approximate what the "big boys and girls" are doing in their projects? This panel of data experts will discuss those questions with CS10K Community members. Panelists will include Chaitan Baru, University of California San Diego Super Computer Center, Jacob Eisenstein, Georgia Tech Univeristy, David Skinner, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Adam Maltese, Indiana University, and Kathleen Perez-Lopez, American Institutes for Research. 

8:00-9:00 PM ET
How I'm teaching and assessing data in my classroom 

Some teachers of ECS and CSP already have significant experience teaching data, and others are developing promising new approaches that will soon be tested in the classroom. This panel of veteran computer science teachers will discuss what's worked in their classes for teaching data and what ongoing challenges and unrealized opportunities remain. Panelists include Cody Henrichsen, Canyons Technical Education Center, Sandy, UT; Kim Merino, UCLA Community School, Los Angelos, CA; Sean Morris, Albany High School, Albany, CA; and Don Yanek, Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL, president of the Chicago chapter of CSTA. 

Friday, December 6th 


4:00-5:00 PM ET      
Keynote on Teaching Data  


Katy Börner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science in the School of Informatics and Computing and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University  
Katy Börner is one of the world's leading experts on information visualization and the curator of the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. In conjunction with the exhibit, she has worked with teachers and students of varied grade levels around the world to help them learn about and work with data. She has an amazing ability to make complex topics accessible and inviting, and she's excited about interacting with CS10K teachers and leaders during this session. 
In her presentation, she will give us a sense of what's new and exciting in the world of data visualization, providing a conceptual framework for understanding the full range of approaches. She will share her experiences working with high school teachers and students and provide some concrete starting points for getting students powerfully engaged with working with data, suggesting tools and activities you can incorporate into your own classroom. There will be ample time to ask questions and for discussion. 


December 7th - December 9th 

Moderated discussion on CS10K Community Site 

For three days after the live events, we will discuss the issues and ideas that were raised through discussion threads on the community website. Many of the panelists and the keynote speaker have agreed to participate actively in these discussions, which will be moderated by Maureen Psaila-Dombrowski from the New Mexico CS4All project.

All events will be held online using Adobe Connect. All you need to join is a web browser and a decent broadband Internet connection. The URL to join all the events will be: 


Event details
Friday, 6 December, 2013 - 16:00 - Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 - 12:59
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Inform your local CSTA

I am getting a fair amount of interest from teachers involved in our local CSTA chapter. This is just  a plug to reach out to local chapters.