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Students as Computer Science Ambassadors
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Students as Computer Science Ambassadors

Our final year course where students get course credit for teaching computer science in high schools has benefits for kids, teachers and students alike.

Reflections on Using Appinventor to Teach First-Year Programming
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Reflections on Using Appinventor to Teach First-Year Programming

This post reflects on my experiences of using AppInventor to teach Android development to first-year university computer science students.

Why Hci Should Listen to Mothers
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Why Hci Should Listen to Mothers

A call for the HCI community to spend some design effort on helping new mothers with the considerable physical and emotional challenges they face.

On the Pleasures of Teaching Computer Science Students
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On the Pleasures of Teaching Computer Science Students

A short reflection on the rewarding experience of teaching students at the time of year when students' degrees are awarded.

Nerdy Strutting: How to Put Women Off the Tech Industry
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Nerdy Strutting: How to Put Women Off the Tech Industry

A reflection on how interaction patterns in the tech industry might be off putting to women even if they are not offensive or explicitly exclusive.

Little Miss Geek
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Little Miss Geek

Belinda Parmar's book Little Miss Geek highlights the gender imbalances within the tech industry, offering practical suggestions of how businesses can overcome...

Inside the Coder Dojo
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Inside the Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo is an inspired movement to bring the joys of programming to young people everywhere. The Edinburgh (Scotland) coder dojo started last night in the Scottish...

When Is User-Centered Design Selfish?
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When Is User-Centered Design Selfish?

User-centered design is now firmly established within HCI research. It is commonly praised for democratising system development and empowering users. But is this...

Quantum Gaming
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Quantum Gaming

Scientific discovery games are an exciting new approach to solving thorny scientific problems using contributions from a distributed group of non-expert humans....

'girls Can't Program in Their Heads': Gender and Games in the Computing Classroom
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'girls Can't Program in Their Heads': Gender and Games in the Computing Classroom

An overview discussion of the probems surrounding computing education in UK schools, particularly lack of participation in CS by girls. It is partly based on empirical...

Turing's Sunflowers
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Turing's Sunflowers

It's the Turing Centenary Year. Why not plant a sunflower to celebrate? Manchester University, Manchester Science Festival and the Museum of Science and Industry...

Avoiding the Rabbit Hole of Bad Science
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Avoiding the Rabbit Hole of Bad Science

The scandal surrounding the recently published so-called empirical evidence for precognition has caused psychologists to reconsider the way they analyze their data...

Design Adventures in a Children
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Design Adventures in a Children

The first in a series of articles about the design process used in a technology and play project in a children's hospital.

The Way Forward For Computer Science in the U.k.
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The Way Forward For Computer Science in the U.k.

The last week has seen some interesting developments in Computer Science Education in the U.K., with some sensible suggestions for improvements published in a report...

We Needn't Be Malevolent Grumps in 2012
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We Needn't Be Malevolent Grumps in 2012

I propose that 2012 is the year to solve the nastiness problem in Computer Science. Zero tolerance for rude reviewers starts from midnight tonight.

Celebrate Open Access Week With ACM
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Celebrate Open Access Week With ACM

Help your papers reach a wide audience with ACM's new service: Author-Izer.

U.k. Students Turned Into Goldfish By Social Networking
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U.k. Students Turned Into Goldfish By Social Networking

On the social networking obsession among U.K. students: It's the very air they breathe.

Gender Discrimination in the U.k. Research Excellence Framework
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Gender Discrimination in the U.k. Research Excellence Framework

The U.K. research assessment framework will discriminate against female researchers. We can't afford to lose more women from CS research!

Game-Based Ideas Management in the Workplace
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Game-Based Ideas Management in the Workplace

A brief discussion of ideas management software used by the U.K. government.

Foggy Futures: The Confused Computing Career Aspirations of 12-Year-Olds
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Foggy Futures: The Confused Computing Career Aspirations of 12-Year-Olds

Based on recent interviews with 12 year olds about careers in computing, I argue that if we want to evaluate programs that encourage young people to study computing...
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