Integrating computing into middle school disciplines through projects

Journal Article

For four years we have been integrating computing into a variety of middle school disciplines via the Alice programing language. Early on we focused on creating curriculum materials for teachers to use in teaching the basic programming and animation concepts. This paper describes our efforts over the past two years in creating model projects for students to build in all disciplines, and our most recent focus on science and mathematics projects. For science we have introduced experiments in Alice and the tools needed for them. In mathematics we have created projects to increase their understanding of programming and to use the projects to increase their understanding of mathematics. We also discuss our efforts in workshops to teach K-12 teachers Alice and an analysis of the teachers' lesson plans and worlds developed in the most recent workshop. © 2012 ACM.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rodger, S; Dalis, M; Gadwal, C; Hayes, J; Li, P; Liang, L; Wolfe, F; Zhang, W

Published Date

  • March 30, 2012

Published In

  • Sigcse'12 Proceedings of the 43rd Acm Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Start / End Page

  • 421 - 426

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/2157136.2157262

Citation Source

  • Scopus