VSTE Goes Green: Over the years we’ve made an effort to reduce the amount of paper waste that gets accumulated by reducing the scope of the printed program. This year we will provide a printed conference program with only a summary schedule of the sessions available during each breakout session. For the full detailed listing of each session we encourage attendees to make use of our online schedule here which will work on mobile devices and all major platforms.

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Monday, December 8 • 9:45am - 12:00pm
Computer Programming for K-12 students

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Computer programming fulfills the E in STEM. Many schools focus on Science, Technology, and Math. Programming allows students to create and design a solution to a problem and encourages students to think beyond simply repeating what they are learning. Programming also allows students to utilize math and language arts skills in a functional environment. Students can learn to program using free resources like those available from Code.org, or Microsoft, or Khan Academy. Schools in Virginia have access to Microsoft IT Academy which includes access to Microsoft Visual Studio for school labs and students at no cost to either the school or the students. Code.org teaches programming using drag and drop. Khan Academy teaches programming by example. This will be an introduction to those three resources and will allow teachers to go back to their schools and begin teaching students how to program. Participants will have an opportunity to practice creating simple programs and will learn more about these three resources as well as other free programming resources that can be utilized in a variety of classroom or after school activities.

If you are coming on Monday morning, you may save some time by downloading these programs before you get to the Convention Center
Microsoft Small Basic
and Kodu:
and Visual Studio Express (optional):
We will also be celebrating the Hour of Code:
and using some online resources such as those at code.org and KhanAcademy.org.

Kodu will need the following three files http://www.kodugamelab.com/
Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0
and .net Framework
Small Basic will need the following 2 files

You will also need  .NET Framework 3.5.1 installed and turned on:

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Ed Ozols

ITRT, Bath County High School
I enjoy teaching others about computers as well as learning about them myself. Outside of work, I enjoy camping, fishing and hiking.

Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 12:00pm

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