Media Computation and BPC-Related Workshops this Summer

May 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Workshops on Media Computation and related topics on creating engaging introductions to computing are being offered this summer. The goal of these workshops is to encourage teacher innovation in broadening participation in computing by exploring new ways to introduce computing. The workshops are mainly aimed at undergraduate faculty, but are open to high school teachers as well. Details are available at http://home.cc.gatech.edu/gacomputes.

  • June 14-15 in Amherst, MA: Workshop on “From Visual Programing to Media: Approaches to Starting Computing” including Scratch, Alice, and Media Computation. Hosted by Rick Adrion, Deborah Boisvert, and Renee Fall of CAITE, and co-sponsored by the CAITE and “Georgia Computes!” NSF BPC Alliances.
  • June 16-18 in Cambridge, MA: Workshop on “Media Computation,” hosted by John Sanders of Suffolk University. Funding from NSF CCLI.
  • July 5-6 at The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ): Workshop on “Media Computation,” hosted by Peter DePasquale. Funding from NSF CCLI.
  • July 7-9 at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA): Workshop on “Media Computation,” hosted by Manuel A. Perez-Quinones, Fudning from NSF CCLI and the NSF BPC Alliance “Georgia Computes!”

All of the “Media Computation” workshops this summer are including some content based on the “Exploring Wonderland” (Dann, Cooper, & Ericson, 2009) work combining Alice and Media Computation.

The workshops are free with generous travel stipends. Meals at the workshop are covered by the sponsors. Lodging and airfare funding is available for participants from outside the region.

Details on the workshop, including how to register, are available at http://home.cc.gatech.edu/gacomputes. Thanks to all the hosts for making arrangements for these workshops!

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