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WORLDCOMP'09 Tutorial: Dr. Peter DePasquale and Dr. Mark Lewis

Last modified 2009-07-03 10:56

Teaching Java Through Alice and Greenfoot
Dr. Peter DePasquale 1, and Dr. Mark Lewis 2

1 The College of New Jersey, USA
2 Trinity University, USA

Date: July 14, 2009 (6:00 - 9:30 PM)
Location: Ballroom 2


    Two graphical programming environments have recently gained popularity for use in teaching programming concepts (and ultimately Java) at the introductory level. This workshop will introduce both environments and discuss the strengths, weaknesses and approach that each provide.


    This workshop will:

    • Introduce the Alice and Greenfoot programming environments
    • Explore the capabilities of each environment and discuss their strengths and weaknesses
    • Provide the overall framework for a discussion of Alice and Greenfoot in the classroom
    • Discuss how each can be used in conjunction with a typical CS1-style curriculum
    • Present the beta version of Alice 3.0 and explore its significant changes

Intended Audience

    The intended audience will be instructors of computer science who primarily teach introductory programming using Java and may be looking to augment their instruction with environments that help capture the interest of the students and lead to a more complete understanding of Object-Oriented concepts. Those practitioners considering migrating to the Java language will likely find value in the workshop.

Biography of Instructors

    Dr. Pete DePasquale routinely teaches the introductory programming sequence at The College of New Jersey using Java. He is a co-author of several textbooks in this area as well as the author of the Addison Wesley Java and C++ Backpack Reference Guide series.

    Dr. Mark Lewis teaches a mix of classes at Trinity University including the various courses in the introductory sequence. He has contributed SIGCSE papers on the use of games in introductory CS and is working on textbooks for the Java based courses at Trinity.

Academic Co-Sponsors

United States Military Academy, Network Science Center

Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory, HST of Harvard University and MIT, USA

Argonne's Leadership Computing Facility of Argonne National Laboratory

Functional Genomics Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota, USA
Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
Harvard Statistics Department Genomics & Bioinformatics Laboratory, Harvard University, USA

Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Center for the Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Program, George Mason University, Virginia, USA

Institute of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

BioMedical Informatics & Bio-Imaging Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Knowledge Management & Intelligent System Center (KMIS) of University of Siegen, Germany

National Institute for Health Research, UK

Hawkeye Radiology Informatics, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA

Institute for Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
Medical Image HPC & Informatics Lab (MiHi Lab), University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
SECLAB An inter-university research group (University of Naples Federico II, the University of Naples Parthenope, and the Second University of Naples, Italy)
The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
Intelligent Cyberspace Engineeing Lab., ICEL, Texas A&M; University (Com./Texas)

International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine

World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies

Corporate Sponsor

Other Co-Sponsors
European Commission
High Performance Computing for Nanotechnology (HPCNano)

HoIP - Health without Boundaries

Hodges' Health

The International Council on Medical and Care Compunetics

GridToday - enewsletter focused on Grid, SOA, Virtualization, Storage, Networking and Service-Oriented IT

HPCwire - The Leading Source for Global News and Information Covering the Ecosystem of High Productivity Computing

The UK Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
VMW Solutions Ltd.
Scientific Technologies Corporation

Bentham Science Publishers


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