Engaging middle school teachers and students with Alice in a diverse set of subjects

Journal Article

This paper describes the integration of the Alice 3D virtual worlds environment into a diverse set of subjects in middle school, including the development of tutorials, example worlds and lesson plans. In the summer of 2008 our experiences with middle school teachers included three-weeks of training in Alice and guidance in the development of lesson plans. Our experiences with middle school students involved two one-week summer camps of instruction in Alice. We found both the teachers and the students strongly engaged with Alice. The teachers created lesson plans with Alice worlds to interactively teach a topic and other lesson plans in which students build an Alice world on a particular topic either from scratch or using a template world. The students in the Alice camps had both instruction in Alice and free time to develop Alice worlds of their choice. We found that the students used a large variety of basic Alice concepts and computer science concepts in the worlds they built in their free time. © 2009 ACM.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rodger, SH; Hayes, J; Lezin, G; Qin, H; Nelson, D; Tucker, R

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Published In

  • Sigcse'09 Proceedings of the 40th Acm Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Start / End Page

  • 271 - 275

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/1508865.1508967

Citation Source

  • Scopus