The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) India as a part of its CSpathshala education initiative , is organizing a workshop on April 16th from 9:15am to 3pm, at the MCCIA, Sumant Moolgaokar Auditorium, Ground Floor, MCCIA, ICC Complex, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune -411016. Padma Shri Prof. Deepak Phatak, IIT Bombay will deliver the keynote address. The workshop will be inaugurated by Mr. Govind Nandede, Director, and Mr. Shivajirao Pandhare, Joint Director, Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT). The CSpathshala initiative will be rolling out a teachers training program so as to teach computing as a science in all schools from 2017-18. CSpathshala will also carry out a pilot project for 20 schools in Pune for academic year 2016-17. This workshop is meant for computing teachers . The initiative aims to promote teaching computing as a science to develop problem solving and computation thinking skills.
The registration is free for teachers .
Speakers include Padma Shri Prof. DB Phatak, IIT Bombay , Prof.Mathai Joseph ,Nikhil Karkare Walnut School , Madhavi Desai Vijay Vallabh School , Vipul Shah TCS Anand Paropkari, Persistent Systems and R Venkatesh, TCS.
ACM has started a national education initiative (CSpathshala) to promote teaching of computing as a science in schools. Google has provided seed funding to start this initiative because computing is everywhere and people from all walks of life will need to be familiar with computing in some form or the other. This will lead to huge gap between computing talent availability and demand. Just as to address the skills demand created by the industrial revolution, the Sciences and Mathematics were included in the school curriculum, it is imperative to teach computing so as to equip students to contribute effectively to the knowledge society.
Yet, there is a widespread lack of knowledge of what constitutes the core of computing: is it just the use of word processors and spread sheets or are there more fundamental principles that underlie this science. Can we show young people how computer science can be used to solve a variety of problems, from basic problems in mathematics to answering questions in biology? We can, if we teach computer Science which promotes problem solving, computational thinking and critical reasoning skills.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (www.acm.org) the worlds largest scientific and educational computing society. It is a not-for-profit professional membership group.ACM brings together computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field’s challenges.
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