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Video: Students Demonstrating "Sphero"
July 14, 2014 | Comments
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Two of the undergraduate students supported on our CS Principles NSF grant produced a cool new environment for teaching programming in a block language with the Sphero robots.

Sphero is a  tool for experimenting and presenting some of the ideas in the CS Principles course. Several Alabama middle and high schools are planning to use Sphero in various contexts with students this Fall. This week a 30-page tutorial of Snappy Bird (a Snap! implemented version of the popular app Flappy Bird) will be introduced to teachers who are participating in the MOOC hosted by the University of Alabama Computer Science Department.

Jake and Benji are also producing a Blockly language that allows the ideas of media computation to be explored in a block language (e.g., red eye removal and other transformations on images).

The really cool thing, according to Jeff Gray (program coordinator at UA), is that one of the students developing this is also from one of our CS4Alabama schools (Benji Hill is a former student of Jennie Rountree at Bob Jones).

Hint hint: Send your best students to Tuscaloosa and they will be put to work on cool NSF grants!
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Building an AP Culture in Alabama
June 23, 2014 | Comments
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In May, the seventh Cohort of A+ College Ready high schools was announced at the Alabama State Board of Education meeting, along with a presentation of the astounding, successful results of the Advanced Placement (AP) program expansion. The collaborative efforts of A+ College Ready and the Alabama State Department of Education have been aggressively reaching more students each year, and the data that was presented is a compelling argument for keeping it going strong.... [continue reading]
Media Day at Computer Science Training Next Week (Tuscaloosa)
June 20, 2014 | Comments
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Media Day: June 24, 2014 Where: University of Alabama, Department of Computer Science Hardaway Hall, Room 256 Time: 10:00 - 11:30am Why: To witness the 21st-Century learning activities of more than 30 Alabama teachers taking Computer Science (CS) Principles back to their high schools this fall. Dr. Philip Cleveland, director of Career and Technical Education for the Alabama State Department of Education, will be vi... [continue reading]
A+ College Ready Welcomes New NMSI's LTF Trainers!
June 9, 2014 | Comments
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We are so excited to welcome several new trainers for our NMSI's Laying the Foundation training program! These trainers will bring high-quality, challenging teaching and learning strategies to teachers from across Alabama this summer and in the years to come! [continue reading]
Test Spotlight Announcement
June 4, 2014 | Categories: Resources Slideshow, Student Resources | Comments
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This message is for Students! Have a great summer! [continue reading]
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