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CS Firehose 2018

Location: W186b

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Saturday, June 23, 12:30–6:00 pm
Location: W186b

The CS Firehose 2018 is proposed as an intense series of concurrent sessions of related presentations and activities which will address the many interrelated educational initiatives, ideas, and curricula which focus on computational thinking and computer science. A keynote from a champion of CS education will also be scheduled.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
Related exhibitors: Google, Inc. , BirdBrain Technologies , Unity Technologies , Micro:bit Educational Foundation , Microsoft Education Partner Apps Showcase , Microsoft Corporation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The need for CS educational programs is dire with critical worker shortages throughout the field. Yet, at state and local levels, there is a severe shortage of qualified professional educators to teach computer science and cultivate young minds to think computationally. The goal of the ISTE Computer Science Network is to help teachers at every level to discover what is available and to provide the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of approaches and curricula. As such, we plan to open the valves and turn on the CS FIREHOSE!


Guest keynote speaker (1 hour) followed by 3-4 concurrent strands with 4-5 presentations (1 hour each) per strand.

Supporting research

The research literature is replete with both experimental and descriptive studies supporting K-12 student learning in computer science and computational thinking as well as empowerment of educators through professional development using strategies and techniques for successful teaching about computing.

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