Posters, Brochures and Videos Highlight Issues in Your Computer Science Curriculum

Resources for K-12 Educators

CSTA is the leading advocate for high school computer science at the national level. In addition to its direct involvement in establishing a nationwide computer science curriculum, the organization works passionately to raise awareness of the impeccable qualifications of computer science educators and to provide them with a greater opportunity for professional development.

CSTA also supports projects that communicate the excitement of computer science to students and makes them aware of the opportunities the field provides. One way CSTA accomplishes this goal is to provide free of charge a number of resources that highlight different aspects of computer science, including:

One poster focuses on cyber security, another highlights exciting careers in four growing areas, and yet another invites students to make connections between computer science and their favorite sports and games.

Brochures include Imagine Your Future in Computing, which helps students make connections between the technologies they use every day and the courses and career opportunities available to them. Another brochure, Computing: Degrees and Careers promotes a new ACM website for high school and college students, which includes information on educational pathways, job opportunities, and skills matching for a wide variety of computing careers.

A video entitled You Can Be Anything uses the power of media to give young people, particularly girls and young women, a positive impression of the career opportunities available in information technology and science-related fields where technology plays a major role. The University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering Department has created two videos. One addresses questions of why college students and faculty choose computer science & engineering as their field and the other shows what takes place during a day in the life of a CSE bachelor’s alum working in the software industry.

Other Resources you’ll find include the Careers In Computing and Information Technology Lesson Plan, ACM Computing Degrees & Careers poster in English and Spanish,  IT is all about me poster, a career site for graduating students and the ACM Career Resource Center.

A New Framework to Define K-12 Computer Science Education

ACM, Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the Cyber Innovation Center, and the National Math and Science Initiative have launched a framework that identifies key K-12 computer science concepts and practices educators should expect students exiting grades 2, 5, 8, and 12 to know. The framework is intended to inform the development of standards, curriculum, and computer science pathways, and to help school systems build capacity for teaching computer science.