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Introduction to Computing and Programming with Java:  A Multimedia Approach Review

Oct
05

From the Preface:
“The media computation approach used in this book starts with what students use computers for:  image manipulation, digital music, Web pages, games, and so on.  We then explain programming and computing in terms of these activities.”
“We focus on the basics for ten chapters:  three introductory, four on pictures, and three on sounds.” 

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CS Promotional Videos

Oct
05
       
      UW has produced three wonderful promotional videos that can be used in the cs classroom to inspire, or outside of the classroom to promote interest in the field of cs. 

      Pathways in Computer Science
        -- “illustrates the diverse pathways that students pursue after receiving Bachelors degrees in computer science or computer engineering.” 

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Scratch

Oct
05
    • From the website scratch.mit.edu:
    • “Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.”
    • “Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. “
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Alice

Oct
05
    • From the website Alice.org:
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The Journal for Computing Teachers (JCT)

Oct
05
    • From their website: “The Journal for Computing Teachers (JCT) is a production of the Special Interest Group for Computing Teachers (SIGCT) of ISTE.  JCT supports and enhances the mission of SIGCT which includes teaching about computing in grades K-12.  The full mission statement appears on the SIGCT home page. ”
    • Formerly known as the Journal for Computer Science Educators or JCSE
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SIGCSE

Oct
05
    • From their website: “The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education provides a forum for educators to discuss issues related to the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of computing programs, curricula, and courses, as well as syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy. SIGCSE sponsers or co-sponsers several annual conferences held in varied locations around the world and publishes the SIGCSE Bulletin quarterly. Proceedings of annual SIGCSE conferences comprise two issues of the Bulletin.”
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Attending the AP Reading

Oct
05

I attended the AP Reading as a Reader in both 2006 and 2007 and just wanted to write about what a positive experience it was.  The AP Reading lists among its participants a roughly even split of both high school and college level educators.  There are textbook authors, workshop leaders, AP Exam developers, as well as about 100 other participants who are all passionate about computer science education.  The interaction between the participants is really my main reason for attending.  The added bonus is the fact that we get to learn precisely how the AP exam is graded which gives us a very ob

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CS4HS at CMU

Oct
05

I attended this workshop in 2006 and feel as though I am still thriving off the energy and information that was offered at this great event.  I and dozens of other k-12 teachers were presented with a wealth of fascinating lectures and activities provided by some of CMU’s more prominent professors and researchers as well as others from Google, and elsewhere.  Topics ranged from Computational Thinking, to CS Unplugged, to broadening participation in our cs classrooms, to lessons in using food to teach great ideas in CS.  We learned about computational biology, careers and social responsibilit

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Javabat Website

Oct
05

I considered this website a personal gift as I discovered it just weeks before my students were scheduled to take their AP Computer Science exams.  This site (created by Nick Parlante at Stanford) provides students with dozens of great practice problems with immediate feedback concerning all possible test cases and which were successfully handled and which were not.  It has exercises in Recursion, Arrays, Strings, Logic, and even a section based on AP CS free response questions from years past.  Great for homework, in the lab, as lecture examples, or for self-study.  Now if only someone wou

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