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ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
Mark Bailey, Laurie Smith King

Categories: Education

News from the SIGs

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
Ellen Walker, Amber Settle, Steve Zilora

In this issue of News from the SIGs, we focus on conferences, specifically SIGCSE and SIGITE conferences. Our SIGCSE reporter, Amber Settle, reviews the SIGCSE 2017 conference and invites volunteers to participate in future conferences and other SIGCSE activities. Our SIGITE reporter, Steve Zilora, introduces the theme of the upcoming SIGITE conference.
Categories: Education

MATH COUNTS: Where mathematics meets software engineering

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
John P. Dougherty

Categories: Education

COLORFUL CHALLENGES: Row/column transformations II

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
David Ginat

Categories: Education

CLASSROOM VIGNETTES: Lab layouts

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
Henry M. Walker

Categories: Education

EngageCSEdu: Exploring inquiry learning: an EngageCSEdu author and a user discuss POGIL

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
Clifton Kussmaul, Bo Brinkman, Beth A. Quinn

Categories: Education

Supporting undergraduates to make the most of conferences

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
Janet Davis, Christine Alvarado

Categories: Education

Generation CS: the mixed news on diversity and the enrollment surge

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
Tracy Camp, W. Richards Adrion, Betsy Bizot, Susan Davidson, Mary Hall, Susanne Hambrusch, Ellen Walker, Stuart Zweben

Categories: Education

Addressing the CS capacity challenge by improving undergraduate peer mentoring

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
Heather Pon-Barry, Audrey St. John, Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Chris Stephenson

Categories: Education

ACM-NDC study 2016--2017: fifth annual study of non-doctoral-granting departments in computing

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 20:00
Jodi Tims, Stuart Zweben, Yan Timanovsky

Categories: Education

Helping students succeed in AP CS: GT Computing Undergraduate Female Rising Up to Challenge in CS

ComputingEd - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 09:00

There’s a common refrain heard at “CS for All” and BPC events in the US these days. “AP CS A is just terrible. AP CS Principles will fix everything.” The reality is that there are bad AP CS A classes, and there are good ones. There is evidence that just having good curricula doesn’t get you more and more diverse students. The more important reality is that AP CS A accurately matches most introductory computer science classes in the United States. If you want students to succeed at the CS classes that are in our Universities today, AP CS A is the game to play at high school.

That’s why Barbara’s Rise Up programs are so important. She’s helping female and African-American students succeed in the CS that’s in their schools and on University campuses today. And she’s having tremendous success, as seen in the story below about a female high school football player who is now a CS undergraduate.

Barbara’s work is smart, because she’s working with the existing CS infrastructure and curricula. She’s helping students to succeed at this game, through a process of tutoring and near-peer mentoring. This is a strategy to get more female CS undergraduates.

That’s when she discovered Sisters Rise Up 4 CS, a relatively new program developed in Fall 2014 at Georgia Tech by Barbara Ericson. The program was based on Project Rise Up 4 CS, which aims to help African-American students pass the AP Computer Science A exam. Sisters Rise Up does the same for females.The program offers extra help sessions in the form of webinars and in-person help sessions, near-peer role models, exposure to a college campus, and a community of learners.“The program helped me get hooked on computer science,” Seibel said. “I started to actually learn. Seeing that some of the girls in the program had interned at Google or other places like that, and that they really loved CS, it gets you excited about it. They were only a few years older than me, and I was like, ‘Oh. That could be me.’”

Source: GT Computing Undergraduate Sabrina Seibel Rising Up to Challenge in CS | College of Computing


Tagged: AP CS, AP CSP, BPC, computing for all, computing for everyone, women in computing

From the Editor's Desk: TOCE Continues on a Positive Trajectory in 2016

ACM TOCE and InRoads - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
C. D. Hundhausen

During my first full year as editor-in-chief of ACM Transations on Computing Education (TOCE), the editorial board and I took the following four steps to improve the journal's ability to serve the growing community of computing education researchers: (1) We streamlined the peer review process, (2) we established a new partnership with the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Conference, (c) we transitioned to a double-blind review process, and (4) we recruited guest editors for two new special issues that address timely research topics. In this editorial, I present key statistics on TOCE's review process and submissions during the 2016 calendar year, discuss and reflect on the positive steps we took to improve the journal during 2016, and describe steps we will consider in the coming year in order to ensure that ACM TOCE continues on its positive trajectory.
Categories: Education

From the Editor's Desk: TOCE Continues on a Positive Trajectory in 2016

ACM Transactions on Computing Education - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
C. D. Hundhausen

During my first full year as editor-in-chief of ACM Transations on Computing Education (TOCE), the editorial board and I took the following four steps to improve the journal's ability to serve the growing community of computing education researchers: (1) We streamlined the peer review process, (2) we established a new partnership with the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Conference, (c) we transitioned to a double-blind review process, and (4) we recruited guest editors for two new special issues that address timely research topics. In this editorial, I present key statistics on TOCE's review process and submissions during the 2016 calendar year, discuss and reflect on the positive steps we took to improve the journal during 2016, and describe steps we will consider in the coming year in order to ensure that ACM TOCE continues on its positive trajectory.

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