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From 'Must' and 'Unsuitable' to Design Guidelines in Computing Education
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From 'Must' and 'Unsuitable' to Design Guidelines in Computing Education

Rhetoric in education tends to be politicized and polarized, and computing education is no different.  Research in computing education might learn from design-based...

Learning Through Twitter
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Learning Through Twitter

Commentary on a recent study which evalauted the impact of Twitter on student engagement and grades.

Explaining Science and Engineering
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Explaining Science and Engineering

As I have followed the international news regarding the Japanese disaster, I have been struck by the challenges each news organization has faced in explaining technical...

TeachScheme! U­sing Mathematics to Teach Programming
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TeachScheme! U­sing Mathematics to Teach Programming

Matthias Felleisen and a team of computer scientists have developed the TeachScheme! Project, which provides high school teachers with courseware and other tools...

At the NSF CE21 Meeting: We Have Such a Long Way to Go
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At the NSF CE21 Meeting: We Have Such a Long Way to Go

The NSF CE21 Community Meeting highlighted the opportunity that computing has to catch up with the rest of STEM on education issues.

Let's Teach Malware When It's Ready: The Purpose of ­Undergrad CS
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Let's Teach Malware When It's Ready: The Purpose of ­Undergrad CS

Ledin's call for teaching malware to all undergraduate students conflicts with my understanding of the purpose of an undergraduate CS degree. 

What 'Beginning' Students Already Know: The Evidence
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What 'Beginning' Students Already Know: The Evidence

Detailed data collection at ETH Zurich over eight years shows what entering computer science students already know in computer usage and programming.

Peer Instruction For Seeing What Students Know (and Don't)
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Peer Instruction For Seeing What Students Know (and Don't)

Peer Instruction is an important pedagogical approach that is promoted by physics education researchers.  I'm trying it for the first time in my CS class, and it's...

Let the Feds Know Your Thoughts on K-12 Computer Science Education
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Let the Feds Know Your Thoughts on K-12 Computer Science Education

 A federal program that invests in information technology research and development asks the community three sets of questions related to making K-12 computer science...

Teaching Kids to Feel the Math With Computers
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Teaching Kids to Feel the Math With Computers

Why are students still calculating when they could be understanding?  Now that computers are everywhere, how should math education change?

Works in Progress: MIA
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Works in Progress: MIA

It is time we extracted a sample of cultural DNA from computing's history and engineered a new generation of contemplative, informal workshops. After gestation,...

Computer Science Education Week Extends Its Reach
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Computer Science Education Week Extends Its Reach

Covering the highlights from CSEdWeek 2010 and how the computing community can stay involved.

We're Too Late For 'First' in CS1
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We're Too Late For 'First' in CS1

 By the time students get to undergraduate CS1, they already have lots of ideas about computation.  Objects, hardware, breadth, functions first--none of that really...

Game Design Through Mentoring and Collaboration
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Game Design Through Mentoring and Collaboration

About the successful game design program for students at McKinley Tech and George Mason University which encourages young people to study STEM.

Computer Science as Value Added to a Liberal Education
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Computer Science as Value Added to a Liberal Education

Computer science education is valuable, even to those who do not major in computer science. Those non-CS major informants who talk about that value are doing us...

Massive Scale Data Mining For Education
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Massive Scale Data Mining For Education

With the increased use of computers in education, there will be a big new opportunity for computers to learn to help students learn.

Computers Are a Tool, Even in Education
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Computers Are a Tool, Even in Education

Computers in schools should be making teachers' jobs easier, making it easier for students to learn, and increasing student achievement in measurable ways. Little...

Grace: A Manifesto For a New Educational Object-Oriented Programming Language
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Grace: A Manifesto For a New Educational Object-Oriented Programming Language

At SPLASH 2010, Andrew Black, Kim B. Bruce, and James Noble presented their manifesto for a new educational object-oriented programming language called Grace.  

Should Students Buy an iPad or a Year's Supply of Pot Noodles?
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Should Students Buy an iPad or a Year's Supply of Pot Noodles?

Considering whether an iPad would be a good educational investment for a student.

Computer Science Needs Education Schools. Desperately.
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Computer Science Needs Education Schools. Desperately.

Improving high-school computer science in the United States is critical for the success and growth of computing education. To do that, we need teachers. To get...
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