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  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 12 December 2011

    Last week I posted a list of some of the great computer science related blogs I read on a regular basis ( Computer Science Education Blog Roll ) Week after week these people share ideas and thoughts and tools that really make a difference in the world. This week, as usually, I list some of the best posts...
  • Blog Post: Visual Programming Languages

    There seem to be a growing number of visual programming languages available these days. Kodu (below) is for creating games by younger people. It’s “When"/Do” model is simple and easy to learn. It’s a bit limited though. It is really a domain specific language for games. Scratch is also a visual...
  • Blog Post: Program me a story

    I recently came across a blog post titled “ Are Storytellers The Best Programmers ” and it got me thinking. A lot of beginning programming courses use tools like Alice , Scratch or Kodu which are programming tools but which also allow and even encourage creating stories. (NCWIT has a nice case study...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 3 May 2010

    Last week was a struggle for me both blogging and otherwise. A lot of stuff going on at work and at home. Plus of course I spent a lot of my blogging energy on the Imagine Cup . I loved being at and blogging about the Imagine Cup though so it was worth it for me. I really hope a lot more top notch high...
  • Blog Post: What Does It Take to Make Change in CS Education?

    This started out as a comment on Mark Guzdial’s blog post What changes CS Education? which you of course must read. No really. I’ll even wait. Back? OK a key summary jumped out at me: My first pass analysis suggests that, to make change in CS, invent a language or tool at a well-known institution. ...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links June 22 2009

    It’s the end of the year for a lot of us. Not the calendar year of course but the school year or the fiscal year. I’ve been working on my input for my year end review a lot this week. And doing some preparation for NECC (I’ll be there from Friday of this week on – hope to see some of you there.) and...
  • Blog Post: Programming Languages Side By Side

    I’ve been thinking about a parallel programming language textbook for a while now. Not for parallel programming but I’m not sure how to phrase it. What? OK let me explain. One of the popular Bible study tools is a parallel Bible where several translations are printed side by side with each other. That...
  • Blog Post: Alice Symposium Duke University June 17, 2009

    I was asked to pass along the news that the submission deadline for the June 17th Alice Symposium call for papers has been extended to March 31st. You can of course go to that website to find out more about the symposium and register to attend. There are also some other workshops going on at Duke in...
  • Blog Post: Useful Web Links for Computer Science Teachers

    I keep doing sets of links to hand out at various conferences. It seems like every time I do the list comes out a little differently. Some new things. Some things have new addresses. And the order of things changes for the audience. This list is from a pair of handouts I have put together for a high...
  • Blog Post: The 2009 Alice Symposium – Call For Papers

    Just passing this along in hopes that people interested in Alice will see it and take advantage of this opportunity. I have no connection to the conference or the Alice Project. I’m just a fan. Deadline: March 15th, 2009 The 2009 Alice Symposium Duke University Durham, NC June 17, 2009...
  • Blog Post: Another Web Site with Computer Science Teaching Information and Resources

    Over at the teaching computers to kids website I found a link to kidslike.info . This site is dedicated to providing free tools for teaching computer science, math and science. They are promising more subjects in the future. I found a number of interesting articles and information about computer programming...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science for Middle School

    I spent yesterday at a large STEM event in Denver Colorado. Something like 1,500 middle school girls were brought to the Colorado Convention center for workshops and talks about science, technology and engineering. My colleague Hilary Pike conducted several workshops while I manned the booth we had in...
  • Blog Post: Summer Workshops for Teachers

    I received a pair of announcements about summer workshops for teachers at Carnegie Mellon this summer. having attended a number of workshops at CMU over the years I have come to respect them as about the best learning opportunity a teacher can have. They are also wonderful networking opportunities as...
  • Blog Post: Updates on Beginning Programming Languages

    I would imagine that a lot of people are looking for interesting things to do with brand new computers this week. Some people are (I hope) looking for ways to teach young people about programming. Or perhaps you are looking for your self regardless of your age. Well it seems like this is also a time...
  • Blog Post: Top November Posts

    November was an interesting month in some ways. It seems that when I really lay out an opinion piece it attracts more attention in both readers and comments. At the same time some informational posts quietly attract a lot of readers as well. Is Computer Science Dying was the most read and most commented...
  • Blog Post: Update on Summer 2008 Alice & Media Computation Workshops

    Barbara Conover, Project Manager, Center for Visualization (Alice Grants) sent me the following information about Alice and Media Computation workshops being run this coming summer. If you are interesting in either Alice or Media Computation as good ways to introduce computer science these workshops...
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