Welcome to the Computing Teachers Network (CTN) Wiki

Table of Contents:
CTN Annual Plan for 2016-2017
CTN Newsletters and JCT issues
CTN Playground at ISTE 2017
CTN Leadership Team (for 2017-2018)
NCWIT Aspirations Award
NCWIT Aspirations Award Reviewing
Computational Thinking Poster & ACM CS Advocacy slides

Leadership Team for 2017-2018:


Kimberly Lane President

Heidi Williams Prof Development Chair

Joe Kmoch Communications Chair

Lucianne Brown JCT Editor

General Committee Members:

Keith Barnes

Elaine Hill

Michelle Liga

Karen North

Pamela Ossario (new)

Steve Rainwater

Brian Seymour (new)

Michael Tempel

Annual Plan for 2016-2017
PLN Leadership Meetings: September 23, 2016 (recording here), January 24, 2017 and May 23, 2017

CTN Newsletters:
Current: September 2017 Vol 11 No 1 .docx .pdf


June 2017 Vol 10 No 10 .docx .pdf
May 2017 Vol 10 No 9 .docx .pdf
April 2017 Vol 10 No 8 .docx .pdf
March 2017 Vol 10 No 7 .docx .pdf
February 2017 Vol 10 No 6 .docx .pdf
January 2017 Vol 10 No 5 .docx .pdf
December 2016 Vol 10 No 4 .docx .pdf
November 2016 Vol 10 No 3 .docx .pdf
October 2016 Vol 10 No 2 .docx .pdf
September 2016 Vol 10 No 1 .docx .pdf

June 2016 Vol 9 No 10 .docx .pdf
May 2016 Vol 9 No 9 .docx .pdf
April 2016 Vol 9 No 8 .docx .pdf
March 2016 Vol 9 No 7 .docx .pdf
February 2016 Vol 9 No 6 .docx .pdf
January 2016 Vol 9 No 5 .docx .pdf
December 2015 Vol 9 No 4 .docx .pdf
November 2015 Vol 9 No 3 .docx .pdf
October 2015 Vol 9 No 2 .docx .pdf
September 2015 Vol 9 No 1 .docx .pdf
September 2015 Update (Bebras Competition) .docx .pdf
June 2015 Vol 8 No 10 .docx .pdf
May 2015 Vol 8 No 9 .docx .pdf
April 2015 Vol 8 No 8 .docx .pdf
March 2015 Vol 8 No 7 .docx .pdf
February 2015 Vol 8 No 6 .docx .pdf
January 2015 Vol 8 No 5 .docx .pdf
December 2014 Vol 8 No 4 .docx .pdf
November 2014 Vol 8 No 3 .docx .pdf
October 2014 Vol 8 No 2 .docx .pdf
September 2014 Vol 8 No 1 .docx .pdf
For previous issues please see our Newsletter Page

Winter 2015 issue is now available. Download it here.
Summer 2014 issue is also available. Download it here.

Earlier Items

ISTE 2017 CS Firehose - Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:00 - 6:00pm
The ISTE Computing Teachers Network (CTN) is pleased to announce CS Firehose 2017 … an intense series of interlocking sessions preceding the ISTE San Antonio Conference and Exposition the afternoon of Saturday, June 24 in rooms 301A, 301B, and 303 A/B of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. View the complete announcement and the list of speakers

(new as of 5/29/2017)
ISTE 2017 CTN Suggestions - This XLS file lists nearly 170 sessions that your CTN Leadership Team thinks at least some portion of our CTN membership might be interested. Please download and bring with you to San Antonio. This should display on a tablet or even a smartphone with appropriate software.

**Teach Your Students to Code with's Free Resources.**

This is a compendium of resources put together by Janice Mak, a affiliate and STEM Educator from Phoenix, AZ

Annual Plan for 2015-2016

ISTE 2016 CTN Picks and Choices - The PDF or XLS versions list over 100 sessions that your CTN Leadership Team thinks at least some portion of our CTN membership might be interested. Please download and bring with you to Denver. Either are also viewable on a smartphone or tablet with the appropriate software.

ISTE 2015 CTN Picks and Choices - The PDF or XLS versions list over 60 sessions that your CTN Leadership Team thinks at least some portion of our CTN membership might be interested. Please download and bring with you to Philadelphia. Either are also viewable on a smartphone or tablet with the appropriate software.

Computing Teachers Network Book Club (Fall, 2014)Download a copy of the questions here
Selection: Turing’s Cathedral by George Dyson
Email complete entries to: Dr. Veronica McGowan
All complete entries will be entered into a drawing for a digital camera.
Link to Amazon to purchase the book: <>

Suggestion: Download and fill out the questionnaire as you read Turing's Cathedral. (This website won't allow a .doc file to be easily displayed)

Calling all creative coders, gamers, hackers, designers and technical young women!
NCWIT seeks high-school-level young women to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing! The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women active and interested in computing and encourages them to pursue their passion for technology.
Who is eligible to apply? The competition for the 2014-2015 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is open to any U.S. high-school-level female (grades 9-12).

When is the competition and how do I apply?

Girls are encouraged to visit the site now and register for the competition applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2014, and must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PM ET on November 2, 2014. Winners will be announced in mid-December, 2014.

All applications will be reviewed by a national panel of reviewers. Once the national awardees (winners and runners-up) are announced in December, NCWIT-WI will announce our Wisconsin awardees (winners and runners-up). All girls at all computing levels are encouraged to apply—we’d like to recognize aspirations, not just accomplishments!
Why should I apply? Winners get cool prizes, two beautiful plaques (one for home, one for school), access to scholarships, visibility in the community and meeting IT professionals in WI, and can join a community of like-minded technical women.

Resources: Preparing your application What's In It for Me?

Supercomputing Webinar Date Announced: October 15, 2014 at 6pm CDT
More info here:

Volunteers are Needed to Help Review Applications for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
As part of CTN's ongoing collaboration with NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) we announce this volunteer opportunity.

Technical and business professionals and undergrad/graduate students studying technology are needed to help grade applications and select winners for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. All high school young women (grades 9-12) residing in the US are invited to apply. Complete information on the award is available at including Spanish language versions of the Award promotional materials. Awardees are selected for their demonstrated, outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology/computing; solid leadership ability; good academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.

How do I participate?
Visit to sign up online as a reviewer. Note: you will be assigned 10-12 applications for each competition you select, so please only select as many as you are comfortable reviewing.

You will receive an email confirming your status as a reviewer and a reminder of your login/password. Once the application period has closed, applications will be randomly assigned to reviewers and you will see a queue of applications to review and score. Reviewing typically occurs during the month of November.

How long will it take?
You can expect to spend 3-5 hours reviewing and scoring applications, depending on how many young women apply in the given pool and how many reviewers volunteer.

If you have any questions, please contact

Fall, 2014 Webinar: “Supercomputing in Plain English”
Leader: Dr. Henry Neeman, Assistant VP, Information Technology - Research Strategy Advisor Director, OU Supercomputing Center for Education and research Professor, College of Engineering Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma
Day/Date/Time: October 15, 2014 at 6pm CDT

As part of our efforts to provide professional development opportunities for our members, we have ideas for other webinars but we certainly invite your ideas and interest in volunteering. Please contact our Professional Development chair, Michael Tempel <> with your ideas and your interests.

You can listen to our seven previous webinars by going to our wiki site <>

Computational Thinking Poster
This poster was introduced at the ISTE 2013 conference at SIGCT activities. There are two versions, LowRes and HighRes. The LowRes version is about 356kb, suitable for emailing, and has a resolution of 792x1116. The HighRes version is about 3mb and has a resolution of 1386x1962.

UPDATED--> Graphs and stats slides from ACM - Partially updated with 2012-2022 Projection information
These PowerPoint slides support your efforts in getting computer science and related computing courses into your school, district, state. These slides show the huge need for more students to get involved with computer science and other related computing careers. These were developed by Cameron Wilson, CIO of Code.Org and Renee Dopplick, ACM, Acting Director of Public Policy for ACM.

Hello SIGCT members,

Wanted to let you know about some exciting presenters at our forum:
SIGCT forum: Nine core concepts of computer science
Sunday, 06/29/14, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Room # GWCC B313

Natanel Duken's team from Aldebaran ( will be discussing how usage of their robot (see below pic of Pepper!) can be used to address computer science core concepts.

In addition, Christie Veitch of Modrobotics ( will be describing how devices such as Cublets (see below pic) can be employed in a computer science curriculum.

Finally, will be describing core computer science topics in terms of software applications.

Be there or be square (or at least a cubelet)!

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