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Is C All There Is?
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Is C All There Is?

Increasingly, CS departments are moving to a programming language monoculture--it's C or C-derived languages throughout the curriculum.  What are we losing out...

How We Make Decisions About CS1
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How We Make Decisions About CS1

How do we decide what to put in our introductory courses, and for who, and using what language?  My experience suggests that we make our decisions more on the basis...

Correction and U­pdates on Role of APCS in ­Undergraduate Enrollment
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Correction and U­pdates on Role of APCS in ­Undergraduate Enrollment

The number of students taking the Advanced Placement Exam in Computer Science (APCS) is distressingly low.  My earlier data were wrong, but even with these data...

Nudging Computing Education
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Nudging Computing Education

The nudges of libertarian paternalism have insights for computing education.

The Impact of APCS on ­Undergraduate CS Enrollment
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The Impact of APCS on ­Undergraduate CS Enrollment

The critics and detractors of the Advanced Placement exam in Computer Science (APCS) are many.  But the flaws of APCS most likely have no effect on undergraduate...

Media Computation: For Creativity and Surprises
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Media Computation: For Creativity and Surprises

The Media Computation approach to introductory computing is mostly used for creative expression, but it can also lead to some surprises.

Only the Developed World Lacks Women in Computing
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Only the Developed World Lacks Women in Computing

The developing world has lots of women in computing. Great talks at this week's NCWIT meeting explain why the difference.

'There's an App For That,' and You Could Write It
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'There's an App For That,' and You Could Write It

The challenge of computing education today is convincing students that not every application is done and available for download.

The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment
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The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment

We rarely talk about computers as "Electronic Brains" or "Thinking Machines." That seems presumptuous or audacious today.  Maybe that's exactly what we need to...

The Importance of Programming in Introductory Computing Courses
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The Importance of Programming in Introductory Computing Courses

Why not teach introductory courses without programming?  Here are three good reasons to use programming to introduce computing.

Compute For America
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Compute For America

The United States certainly needs more and better computing educators, but that alone may not be enough to turn around declining enrollments in computing.
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