Adventures in

Alice Programming

Duke University, Durham, NC

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In Summer 2015 there will be two workshops. One is a two-week beginner workshop in June 2015. It includes a one-week followup workshop the following summer. The second is a 4-day followup workshop for those teachers who previously attended another one of our workshops.

Preference is given to NC teachers, but we do reserve a few spots for teachers outside of NC. The deadlines to apply are listed below. Our workshops usually fill up. Plans change and every year we take several people off the waitlist, so apply even if you are past the application date.

Thanks to funding from NSF and IBM, funds are available for lodging for both workshops. Lodging will be provided assuming you will share a two-bed hotel room. If you want your own hotel room, you would need to pay half and stay at the conference hotel.

2015 Two-week Beginner Alice Workshop, plus One-week followup

There will be a two-week introductory Alice workshop in summer 2015 with a one-week followup workshop in summer 2016. Please note that you are committing to three weeks total, two weeks in 2015 and coming back the following summer for one more week. The dates for this workshop are the following:

  • Summer 2015: June 16-20, 2015 (Tues-Sat) and June 22-26, 2015 (Mon-Fri)
    (8:30am-4pm, end earlier on Saturday June 20 and Friday June 26 at 3pm)
  • Summer 2016: One week likely in June around the same time. Date to be set.

More Detail on the workshop.

The workshop is for middle and high school teachers of all disciplines to learn programming using the Alice programming environment and to determine how to integrate Alice into their discipline. No prior programming experience is needed. Examples of integration include 1) creating Alice worlds for presentations, 2) creating interactive Alice worlds for students to use to learn concepts, 3) for students to create an Alice world for a project, or 4) for students to use Alice for problem solving. In addition to Alice instruction, teachers will have time to experiment with concepts learned and time to develop lesson plans integrating Alice into their discipline.

Here are examples how others have used Alice in different disciplines. For language arts, students have created book reports or animations of stories or poems they have written. For history, a student created a story about a historical bridge. For spanish, a student created an interactive cooking demo in which ingredients to make banana bread are placed on a table, and students must follow the spanish instructions to move the ingredients in the correct order into the mixing bowl. For science a teacher created a story about how hot spot volcanoes are formed. For music, a student created an interactive quiz in which you hear instrument sounds and you must enter in the name of the instrument. For math an animation was created to show how variables are used in algebra. Also for math students can use Alice for problem solving.

This workshop will most likely use Alice Version 2 which is very stable for K-12 students. Alice 3 will be demoed. A decision on the version will be made at a later date.

  • There is no charge for the workshop.
  • Funds are available for lodging if you are not local. This assumes you will share a two bed hotel room. Funds are provided for Mon-Last Friday. Funding is provided for Saturday night between the two weeks.
  • Lunch is provided.
  • A small stipend is provided after lesson plans are turned in.
  • Continuing Education credits are provided. We will provide a certificate stating the workshop and the hours you attended.

Click here to apply for TWO-WEEK BEGINNER Workshop in JUNE 2015
NOTE: Our workshops are full, but you can still apply so you are on our mailing list for future workshops.

Note that the application is a link to a "google docs" form page, so your computer must not block

The deadline to apply is February 13, 2015. We will continue to take applications after that date. We usually fill up but there are always some who get in from the wait list even as late as April and May sometimes.

2015 One-week Followup Workshop, for Previous Attendees

We will be holding a one-week (actually four-day) Alice Followup Workshop on July 13-16 at Duke. The purpose of this workshop is for teachers who attended the July 2014 workshop (or another beginner workshop) to get together to present to other teachers how they are using Alice and to hear about new Alice materials being developed. We also are interested in getting feedback from teachers on developing future materials.

Space permitting, teachers from previous workshops who are using Alice can apply to attend, especially those from Duke workshops who were not able to attend their corresponding followup workshop.

The schedule would be July 13-16, 8:30am-4pm each day and 24 hours of CEU credits.

The workshop will pay five-nights housing if you share a room (or you pay half if you have a private room), breakfast and lunches.

Click here to apply for the one-week FOLLOWUP Workshop in JULY 2015

Note that the application is a link to a "google docs" form page, so your computer must not block

Deadline: Feb 13, 2015, though we will continue to take teachers after that date until we fill up.