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Rabkin, Ariel; Reiss, Charles; Katz, Randy; Patterson, David – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
We describe our experiences teaching MapReduce in a large undergraduate lecture course using public cloud services and the standard Hadoop API. Using the standard API, students directly experienced the quality of industrial big-data tools. Using the cloud, every student could carry out scalability benchmarking assignments on realistic hardware,…
Descriptors: Assignments, Undergraduate Study, Computer Networks, Educational Technology
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Beck, Leland; Chizhik, Alexander – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
Cooperative learning is a well-known instructional technique that has been applied with a wide variety of subject matter and a broad spectrum of populations. This article briefly reviews the principles of cooperative learning, and describes how these principles were incorporated into a comprehensive set of cooperative learning activities for a CS1…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods, Computer Science Education, Programming Languages
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Bailey Lee, Cynthia; Garcia, Saturnino; Porter, Leo – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2013
Peer Instruction (PI) is an active learning pedagogical technique. PI lectures present students with a series of multiple-choice questions, which they respond to both individually and in groups. PI has been widely successful in the physical sciences and, recently, has been successfully adopted by computer science instructors in lower-division,…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Advanced Courses, Active Learning, Statistical Analysis
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Zimmerman, Thomas G.; Johnson, David; Wambsgans, Cynthia; Fuentes, Antonio – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2011
This article reports on a public school that is succeeding in encouraging Latino high school students to select Computer Science (CS) as a major. The students attend a charter high school designed to encourage low-income Latino students to attend college and attain proficiency in English, Spanish, and computers. Using data from surveys and by…
Descriptors: High Schools, Private Schools, Intervention, Student Interests
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Goode, Joanna; Margolis, Jane – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2011
This article will detail efforts to broaden participation in computing in urban schools through a comprehensive reform effort of curricular development, teacher professional development, and policy changes. Beginning with an account of the curricular development of "Exploring Computer Science", we will describe the inquiry-based research…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Urban Schools, Educational Change, Case Studies
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Crutchfield, Orpheus S. L.; Harrison, Christopher D.; Haas, Guy; Garcia, Daniel D.; Humphreys, Sheila M.; Lewis, Colleen M.; Khooshabeh, Peter – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2011
The Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology is a decade-old endeavor to expose pre-college young women and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities to the fields of computer science and engineering, and prepare them for rigorous, university-level study. We have served more than 150 students, and graduated more than 65…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, STEM Education, Outreach Programs, Females
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Ludi, Stephanie; Reichlmayr, Tom – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2011
This article describes an outreach program to broaden participation in computing to include more students with visual impairments. The precollege workshops target students in grades 7-12 and engage students with robotics programming. The use of robotics at the precollege level has become popular in part due to the availability of Lego Mindstorm…
Descriptors: High School Students, Visual Impairments, Middle School Students, Outreach Programs