Program

The Alice Symposium will be held in Schiciano Auditorium in the Fitzpatrick Building. Breakfast, breaks, and lunch will be in the nearby Atrium.



8:30am

Breakfast

9:00am

Welcome

Susan Rodger, Duke University

9:30am

Keynote:

Help When They Need It: How Programming Environments Can Support Struggling Students

Thomas Price, North Carolina State University

10:30am

BREAK

11:00am

Talk: Alice - Where We Were Then and Where We Are Now

Chari Distler, North Broward Preparatory School

Alice was introduced as the first programming course at our school. There was a vision of starting an Education Technology department after the pilot of Alice to our middle and high school students. The results are amazing.

11:30am

Teacher Demos:

RoxAnn Stalvey, College of Charleston

12:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm

Talk: Alice, From Virtual Reality to Program Visualization

Wanda Dann, Carnegie Mellon University

This talk presents and illustrates the inspiration, motivation, and goals of the team that developed the original Alice software for virtual reality and its evolution to an educational software tool for teaching introductory programming using program visualization.

1:30pm

Talk: Teaching with Alice in K-12: Reflections from an 11-year NSF project

Steve Cooper, University of Nebraska Lincoln

In this talk, I plan to explore the history of two NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers grants (0624654 and 1031351) that were focused on helping K-12 teachers to incorporate the teaching of Alice into their classrooms. Starting well before the creation of code.org (2013) and the newfound attention on teaching computing in K-12 (largely initiated by Jan Cuny and others around 2009), I¹ll explore how these project have helped to change the status of K-12 computing, some lessons we and our partners have learned, and how my own thoughts regarding K-12 computing education have been changed over the past decade.

2:00pm

Teacher Demos

Madeleine Schep, Columbia College

2:30pm

Break

3:00pm

Talk: Alice 2 or Alice 3?

Don Slater, Carnegie Mellon University

In this session, we will examine the similarities and differences between Alice 2 and Alice 3. We will explore this topic in more detail in the Wednesday workshop, but here we will look at Alice 3 together, and start the conversation in which we think about how to use Alice 3 in our Alice 2 classrooms.

3:30pm

Talk: The Alice team: What We are Working On

Eric Brown, Director, Alice Project
Carnegie Mellon University

This talk will cover updates from the Alice team at Carnegie Mellon University. It will cover recent changes by the team, what they are working on now, and upcoming goals for the project.

4:00pm

Wrap up

4:30pm

End