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Trip Report on Dagstuhl Seminar on Live Coding
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Trip Report on Dagstuhl Seminar on Live Coding

Live coding is programming performance with generates music for an audience, often in a collaborative setting.  It's a jam session on laptops with rich research...

A Stable Future For Computing Education Requires Collaboration Beyond CS
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A Stable Future For Computing Education Requires Collaboration Beyond CS

 If you were a superintendent of a big city school district, would you require every school in your district to teach computer science without reliable production...

What's Our Goal For a CS Degree, and How Do We Know We Got There?
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What's Our Goal For a CS Degree, and How Do We Know We Got There?

A history of computing suggests that the computer science undergraduate degree is unnecessarily rigorous and may not be achieving the goals we have for it.

Closing the Computing Labor Shortage with Computing in Schools
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Closing the Computing Labor Shortage with Computing in Schools

 Getting more and better computing education into high schools is likely to have a big impact on computing careers.

Progress on Computing in Schools: 2 Countries, 2 States
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Progress on Computing in Schools: 2 Countries, 2 States

Computing is making progress towards becoming a primary and secondary schools subject worldwide.  I report on three personal meetings about activities in England...

The Role of Hypercard in Today's World
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The Role of Hypercard in Today's World

 HyperCard is an end-user programming tool from the 1990's.  A new version that runs on most modern platforms raises the question of the role of end-user programming...

How to Build on Code.org in Higher Education
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How to Build on Code.org in Higher Education

The Code.org videos are terrific. What can we be doing in post-secondary education to support the vision?

Research Questions About MOOCs
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Research Questions About MOOCs

Predictions abound on the Internet that MOOCs are about to destroy the university. (Call it, "the MOOCopalypse.")  From a stance informed by computing education...

Education as Engineering: The Benefits of Combining Education with Engineering
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Education as Engineering: The Benefits of Combining Education with Engineering

The relationship between education and engineering runs deep. Enhancing the relationship helps both.

The Problem Is That We're Just Too Darn ­Useful: CS Ed and State Public Policy
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The Problem Is That We're Just Too Darn ­Useful: CS Ed and State Public Policy

Is Computer Science a vocational skill or an academic subject? While many of us might say "yes" and "yes," public policy in the states is increasingly requiring...

Why Isn't There More Computer Science in ­U.S. High Schools?
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Why Isn't There More Computer Science in ­U.S. High Schools?

 Seems like a simple question, but there are lots of factors that prevent US high school students from getting access to computer science.

The Moral and Legal Responsibilities When Teaching Computing
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The Moral and Legal Responsibilities When Teaching Computing

 Do we have moral and even legal requirements to teach computing well and equitably?

­Using Advanced Placement Computer Science as a Measure of Broadening Participation
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­Using Advanced Placement Computer Science as a Measure of Broadening Participation

We have a goal to broaden participation in computing with more women and under-represented minorities. It's useful to compare participation and performance in compating...

Worked Examples For Learning Programming: Choosing Better or Choosing MOOC
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Worked Examples For Learning Programming: Choosing Better or Choosing MOOC

I'm teaching on study abroad, which means small classes, intense interaction, and the opportunity to try something new.  We can choose to make higher education...

Preparing Computing Students For the Designer Role
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Preparing Computing Students For the Designer Role

The latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predictions for the next 10 years predicts lower-than-average growth in programming jobs, but dramatic growth in designer...

­U.S. Women in Computing: Why Isn't It Getting Better?
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­U.S. Women in Computing: Why Isn't It Getting Better?

We've known for over a decade that there are too few women in computing in the U.S., but recent reports point out that it's not getting better: Not in any academic...

The Call to Teach Computing to Everyone
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The Call to Teach Computing to Everyone

Major media sites are exploring the idea of teaching computer science to everyone, as a requirement for understanding one's world.

Curriculum Standards Efforts Are Important: Help Reduce Committee Battles
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Curriculum Standards Efforts Are Important: Help Reduce Committee Battles

Curriculum standards efforts are important. They help bootstrap new departments, and they help reduce pervasive curriculum committee battles.

Why Don't We Use Worksheets in Computer Science Education?
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Why Don't We Use Worksheets in Computer Science Education?

Worksheets (short, constrained, sets of exercises with mostly fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and multiple choice activities) are unusual in CS education. Use of...

Royal Society Report Recommends CS in English Schools: Implications For ­USA?
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Royal Society Report Recommends CS in English Schools: Implications For ­USA?

The Royal Society, the world's oldest scientic academy, released a report this month calling for a radical change to English schools: Real Computer Science for...
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