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International Comparisons Report
This briefing note created by the Computing at School group in the United Kingdom summarizes how computing (i.e. computer science) is taught at (high) school in several countries. It focused especially on what computer science qualifications are available to students. Download the report here.
CSTA Global Affiliate Profiles
Machshava is the Israeli National Center for Computer Science Teachers. It was founded in 2000 by the Israeli Ministry of Education and is considered as the professional home for all Israeli computer science teachers. The center activities are organized around five major themes: Helping create a professional community of computer science teachers; Fostering the professional leadership of computer science teachers; Supporting, assisting and consulting academic computer science education groups, and computer science teacher educators and researchers; Collecting and distributing computer science education knowledge and experience; Researching and evaluating computer science teachers' needs and the center's activities. More information can be found on our websites at cse.proj.ac.il/index-en.htm (English) and cse.proj.ac.il (Hebrew).
New Zealand: NZACDITT
NZACDITT is the subject association for Computing, Digital and Information Technology Teachers in New Zealand secondary schools. The teaching and assessing of computer subjects in New Zealand schools has been problematic for some time with a large focus on cross-curricular ICT limiting opportunities to build a strong computing curriculum. Teachers of computing have been battling for twenty years to be included in main-stream curriculum and assessment, and the subject association formed in March 2009 is proving a vital link between the teaching community and the Ministry of Education. We now have a Body of Knowledge and a suite of Digital Technologies assessment tools which covers the five focus areas of Digital Information, Digital Media, Digital Infrastructure, Electronics, and Programming and Computer Science. These assessments contribute towards the school leaving qualifications of our senior secondary students including University Entrance. The subject association continues to support its members to implement our new curriculum by working with regional co-ordinators to encourage professional development and the writing of resources, as well as building up the association.
United Kingdom: Computing At School (CAS)