Archive for January, 2016

Making IT Happen Awardees: John Lien and Susan Bearden, 2015

John Lien of Orange County Public Schools and Susan Bearden, Director of Information Technology at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, were named the FSTE Making IT Happen award winners at FETC in 2015. Both have been leaders in educational technology in their local area and more broadly through various activities.

John is …

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FSTE Events at FETC2016 in Orlando

FL Educator Tweet Up – Jan. 14
Joint FL educator tweet up on Thursday, Jan. 14, with The FLEdChat group
Sponsored by FSTE and #FLEdChat
Thursday, Jan. 14
2:40-3:20 PM
Meet in the back of the Exhibit Hall near the food vendors
Member and board discussion: Future of FSTE – Jan. 15
How should FSTE …
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Why Counting CS as a Foreign Language Credit is a Bad Idea: Opinion

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) opinion piece

Written by leader of Computer Science Teachers Association (university-level teachers)

Sometimes what seems like a very good idea in principle, even a good idea put forward with the best intentions, can turn out to be a very bad idea in practice. This is definitely the case with the …

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Are you attending FETC 2016?


Please share info on your workshops or sessions! Hope to see you there!


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World Languages Vs. Programming Languages: Language Magazine

by Judy Heflin | October 21st, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-177809840Some states have proposed and passed legislation introducing coding into school curriculum. This past May, Arkansas passed a comprehensive law requiring all public and charter schools to offer computer science courses and New Mexico and Kentucky have proposed similar legislation. However, a newly proposed policy in Florida appears

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Florida May Let Students Get Foreign-Language Credit for Computer Coding: Ed Week

By Catherine Gewertz, 12/9/15

The Florida legislature is considering a policy change that’s stirred up controversy in a few other places that have embraced it: allowing students to earn foreign language credit by taking computer coding classes.

The proposal still has a long way to go in the state legislature. But last week it cleared

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Florida Senate considers computer coding as a foreign language for HS students

Miami Herald news story about Florida bill

Senate Bill 468 by Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, passed the Senate Pre-K-12 Education Committee in early December 2015 by an 8-2 vote.

Several other articles, opinion pieces and a radio interview on this topic are provided on the FSTE website for your viewing.

What do you think? How

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In Florida, A Push To Count Coding As A Language: Radio interview

Radio interview with Broward’s CAO Daniel Gohl

Chief academic affairs officer for Broward County Schools and a former computer teacher, Daniel Gohl shares his perspective in this radio interview.…

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USA Today: Ky. ponders teaching computer code as foreign language

Kentucky considers computer coding to replace foreign language

Senate President Pro Tem David Givens has filed a bill in the 2015 General Assembly that would let school districts teach computer programming as a credit in foreign language.

The measure also would allow programming courses to satisfy foreign language requirements for admission into Kentucky’s public …

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Computer Science Is Not a Foreign Language: Opinion

Huff Post: Computer science is not a foreign language replacement

Opinion piece: Marty Abbott is the coauthor of this article. She is the Executive Director for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Prior to coming to ACTFL in 2004, Marty was a language teacher, language supervisor and the Director of High

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