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Measuring Up: How to Properly Measure Your Programmers
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Measuring Up: How to Properly Measure Your Programmers

To measure or to not measure, that is the question. Ask programmers and many will tell you that measurement is a fool’s folly. Measurement undermines the team spirit...

The Pros and Cons of Online Lab Classes for Computer Science - 2020 Pandemic Edition
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The Pros and Cons of Online Lab Classes for Computer Science - 2020 Pandemic Edition

Contrary to expectations, online lab classes during our current pandemic may actually have some benefits over their in-person counterparts.

What Everyone Knows and What No One Knows
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What Everyone Knows and What No One Knows

Who cares about logic?

Agile Management of the Corona Crisis in the Start-Up Nation
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Agile Management of the Corona Crisis in the Start-Up Nation

Is there an efficient management solution for this crisis?

Implications of Online Learning for Novice Students
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Implications of Online Learning for Novice Students

The case of the Introduction to Computer Science course.

Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World
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Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World

A rare find: the user manual of the oldest surviving computer in the world, the Zuse Z4 relay machine (1945).

The Laughing is Over
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The Laughing is Over

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Computer Chess Championship in 1970.

Trolleyspotting
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Trolleyspotting

The Trolley Problem is not for solving, but for exploring.

Students Need to Know What Success in Computing Looks Like, Starting from Realistic Expectations
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Students Need to Know What Success in Computing Looks Like, Starting from Realistic Expectations

Intro CS students sometimes think professional programmers are super-human, which makes it hard to live up to those expectations.

Things To Do To An Algorithm
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Things To Do To An Algorithm

What happens when people's fate hangs on machine learning?

Can Machine Learning Algorithms Replace Exams?
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Can Machine Learning Algorithms Replace Exams?

Radical thoughts on exams in times of COVID-19.  

Preparation for Building the First Swiss Digital Computer (Ermeth)
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Preparation for Building the First Swiss Digital Computer (Ermeth)

Eduard Stiefel's study trip to the U.S. in 1948/1949.

Integrating Computing in School Subjects: A Conceptual Framework for Design and Analysis
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Integrating Computing in School Subjects: A Conceptual Framework for Design and Analysis

This post presents a conceptual framework for integrating computing and computational thinking into other domains. The framework is intended to support curriculum...

Closing the 'Trust Gap' in Contact Tracing/Exposure Notification Technology
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Closing the 'Trust Gap' in Contact Tracing/Exposure Notification Technology

The digitization of contact tracing presents an array of challenges.

Can Research Universities Become Exponential?
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Can Research Universities Become Exponential?

We argue that exponential research and exponential teaching may exert mutual influence and foster each other, creating together the exponential research university...

Towards Equity in K-12 Computer Science Education: Consistency, Cumulativity and Competencies
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Towards Equity in K-12 Computer Science Education: Consistency, Cumulativity and Competencies

To address structural barriers in Computer Science education, school districts are now looking beyond the need for specific courses or tools. They are developing...

3 Proposals to Change How We Teach Computing In Order to Reduce Inequality
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3 Proposals to Change How We Teach Computing In Order to Reduce Inequality

Computer Science education is inequitable. The least-prepared students are going to be hurt the most in online teaching. We have to make change now.

The Software that Led to the Lockdown
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The Software that Led to the Lockdown

One of the key drivers for the decision to lockdown the U.K. in late March 2020 was a computational epidemiological model developed at Imperial College, London....

Restoring Industry Participation in Computer Science Conferences
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Restoring Industry Participation in Computer Science Conferences

When I complained at ISCA 2019 about a lack of papers on real industrial products, I was assigned to help fix the problem.
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