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Group Offers Free Computer Science Lessons

Brian Bergstein (
Thu, 13 Apr 2006 14:34:26 -0500

By BRIAN BERGSTEIN, AP Technology Writer

BOSTON - With all the recent talk about improving math and basic
science education to keep the United States competitive, Chris
Stephenson worries that a third piece of the educational picture is
being forgotten: computer science.

Now Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers
Association, is hoping to overcome that somewhat by giving away free
teaching resources for use in kindergarten through 12th-grade computer

In conjunction with IBM Corp., the group has developed and tested in
the field lesson plans and other materials that help educators teach
such important skills as Web design and Java programming.

Other free resources for computer science teachers have been made
available before, but Stephenson said those have tended to be slightly
modified versions of training guides originally intended for

"This is really kind of a new approach," she said. "The thing that
computer science teachers say they want more than anything else is
access to good resources. It is not exaggerating in any way to say
they are really desperate for them."

The project was funded by $75,000 from IBM, which also contributed
three of the six people who developed the teaching resources. The
material was due to become available at and beginning on Thursday.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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