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Alice Programming

Duke University, Durham, NC

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APPLICATIONS for SUMMER 2017 Workshops are now open!



In Summer 2017 there will be three workshops at Duke University. Applications for all three workshops are on this page. We will be running:

  • A two-week Alice beginner workshop on Alice Version 2 on June 19-28, 2017.
  • A two-day Alice event that includes an Alice Symposium on June 20, 2017 and an Alice2 to Alice3 Workshop by the CMU Alice team on June 21, 2017. Teachers can attend one or both days.
  • (Not an Alice Workshop) A three-day App workshop July 17-19, 2017.

NOTE: We had the date listed incorrectly for the App Workshop before, the correct date is July 17-19(Monday-Wednesday).

Preference is given to NC teachers for the Alice Beginner Workshop and the App Workshop, 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 teachers for all our 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.

2016 Two-week Beginner Alice Workshop

There will be a two-week introductory Alice workshop in summer 2017. The dates for this workshop are the following:

  • Summer 2017: June 19-28, 2017 (ten days straight!).
    We run 8:30-4pm each day (except Sunday noon to 4pm and the last day we end at 3pm).

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.
  • 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 2017

NOTE: Our workshops fill quickly, but we usually take some people off the waitlist.

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

The deadline to apply is March 27, 2017. 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.

2017 Followup Workshop

We will be holding a two-day Alice Followup Workshop with two different events on June 20-21, 2017 at Duke. You can attend both days or just one of the days. On June 20 we will hold an Alice Symposium with speakers and posters, and on June 21 we will hold an Alice2 to Alice3 Workshop run by the CMU Alice team. The purpose of the Alice Symposium is for teachers who attended any of our previous Alice Workshops (or another beginner workshop) to get together to hear what new things are going on with Alice, and to have some of the teachers present (talk or poster) on how they are using Alice. Some of our speakers are from the Alice team such as Wanda Dann and Eric Brown.

The schedule would be 8:30am-4pm Tuesday and 8:30am-3pm on Wednesday and 12 hours of CEU credits.

The workshop will pay two 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 Alice Symposium on June 20, Alice2 to Alice3 Workshop on June 21, or both in JUNE 2017

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

Deadline: April 17, 2017, though we will continue to take teachers after that date until we fill up.

2017 App Workshop

THIS IS NOT AN ALICE WORKSHOP, but an APP workshop.

We will be holding a three-day APP Workshop on July 17-19, 2017

The schedule would be 8:30am-5pm Monday and Tuesday, and 8:30am-3pm on Wednesday and CEU credits.

The workshop will pay three 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 APP Workshop July 17-19, 2017

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

Deadline: April 17, 2017, though we will continue to take teachers after that date until we fill up.