Workshop Schedule June 22-23, 2011
This is a two day followup workshop on Alice for previous Alice
to come together to learn about new Alice materials and to talk about how
are using Alice at their schools.
Wednesday, June 22, Day 1
Tuesday, June 23, 2011, Day 2
- Workshop from 10:30am - 4pm with half hour lunch
break. (5 hrs)
Gave an overview of the work we have been doing at Duke the past three
- Subscribe to the Alice
listserv. For teachers only, a great way to ask questions and get
answers about what you and your students are doing with Alice.
One teacher recommended not getting in digest format, as you may not get
- Link to
Alice page that describes how to build 3D models (not easy) and also to the
newest Alice models
- Presentations/Discussions by students and participants
- Nate Schuler - He teaches Alice in AP Gov and European History. In
both courses, students work with Alice for 9 weeks and have certain
requirements that have to be in their Alice world. His students start to learn Alice
as he goes through about a 45 minute tutorial with them. He has developed a
rubric. He wants to be able to do better "vocal narration".
- Rubric for project in AP European History
- Rubric for project in AP Government and Politics
- There was some discussion about whether you could make an object that
cannot drive through (for collision detection.
- Collision Detection. Liz mentioned that there is a Alice function
"threshold of object" that checks if you are anywhere near the boundry box
of the object.
- Melissa demoed her worlds: Multiplication table, Matrix multiplication
- Someone asked if there was an addition game where you would show 3
and 4 objects and then show the sum is 7 objects.
- There was a discussion on randling sampling. Create a world with
who have additional new properties (such as gender). Customize each
person and add them all to an array. Randomly call a number and have a
appear (something like 45% of the time female and 55% of the time male).
- Heidi talked about her course which is an elective course that uses
Alice. She mostly works with at risk kids.
- Peggy showed her Distributive Property world.
- Frances mentioned she had trouble installing Alice so she has not done
much of it. Next year her school will be a one-to-one school, each kid will
a Mac laptop. She wants ideas on how to use Alice. She wants to do
something with Photograph.
- Susan Demoed the Camera Angles worlds a teacher did from the 2008
workshop. It is on this page.
- Liz showed her three science worlds including the barchart object she
created. She also demoed her Treasure hunt adventure game and the Pinata
game. These are all on the tutorials web page.
- Linda teaches Spanish at high school level. Looking for ways to use
- Chitra demoed her ice cream shop world and her toystory world.
- On tutorial website, for a particular tutorial, link to tutorials that
you need to do as prerequisite.
- Need to create an Alice general guide or link to one someone else has
created. Might include basics with arrays, describing what are the new
methods/functions that come with them.
- Need a tutorial on working with numbers. Mention the "int as a string"
that will display a decimal number as an int.
Possibly create an invisible object with lots of math functionality that
you could drop into any world.
- Include in the general tutorial how to do accents in foreign
- Workshop from 9am - 4pm with one hour lunch
break. (6 hrs)
- 9:00am VCL Discussion - Richard Lucic
- Link to VCL site
- What software is available for K-12 students to use? How many students
can use the software at the same time.
- How does one get software installed for use? What is the cost? How
licensing work? For example it would be helpful to have access to the most
recent version of Microsoft Office.
- One person mentioned that it would be helpful if students could take
exams on it. For example a national spanish exam.
- Kathleen talked about how they use Alice, mostly in clubs during the
day. Students can take a club once and a club meets once a week for 4
weeks. She said this coming year, Alice in included in a list of possible
that students can pick from to use for projects. She said it would help if
could make a video/screencast of some of the tutorials. We may be able to
Camtasia to make a video of some of the basic getting started
tutorials. The Video could be made into chapters (break into shorter parts
if it is too long).
- Tom and Don talked about how they have been using Alice with both High
students and College students and they showed several demos. Some of their
Alice worlds are very short about a particular topic. One student project
was a "cat"apult and one was a penguin memory game. They use Alice at the
school level in a full course.
- Joe Mack talked about some of the work he has done teaching
programming and science to kids.
- Fill out Survey form. Hand out Certificates
- Ideas for worlds to build
- Angry birds like game that will focus on the sling shot and
shooting. Or create a world where you try to shoot a cannon.
- New objects to make
- Buildings with rooms inside, doors and windows that can move.
- Can you make an object (rectangular box) that uses collision
resolution so that you can't move through walls?
- Dice with 6 sides
- Card object and or deck of 52 cards.