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May 12, 2010: SPSU Workshop

Workshop hosted by Andy Wang of Southern Polytechnic State University.
Location and Parking: Room J-161 (J Building, also called Atrium Building)
Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060

Dr. Andy Wang

A driving direction and parking permit will be sent out after registration.

The goal of this workshop is to introduce techniques that might be integrated into introductory courses in computing with a goal of attracting and engaging a broader range of students. We will be using Alice ( and Media Computation ( Alice is an approach to teaching introductory computing where students drag-and-drop program elements in order to construct 3-D stories. Media Computation is an approach to teaching introductory computing where the focus is on manipulating pictures, sounds, and video. Both approaches motivate and engage students, by contextualizing computing in a relevant activity.

This workshop presumes some experience with Alice. If you haven't had any, please visit to download a copy of Alice. Try running some of the tutorials. A CD with all software will be provided at the workshop. We will also have a limited number of USB drives for copying the software at the workshop.

This workshop is sponsored by the NSF BPC Alliance Georgia Computes!. It is aimed at computer science higher-education faculty and is also open to high school teachers.


9:30: Welcome and Introductions.
10: Introduction to manipulation of images with Media Computation in Python. (No prior experience with Python required.)
10:30-10:45: Coffee Break
11: Image Manipulation with Java.
12-1: Lunch break (and play with images)
1-2: Integrating Media Computation with Alice
2-2:30: Manipulating sounds with Media Computation, and how to use those sounds with Alice.
2:30-3:15: Research results – what do we know about use of Media Computation?
3:15-3:30: Coffee break
3:30-4:30: Teaching linked lists with Media Computation


To register for this workshop, please email Felicia Auzla with:
  • Your name
  • Institution
    • Description of Institute: 2 yr vs. liberal arts vs. research university vs. high school teachers, approximate number of majors, and if minority-serving
  • Mailing address
  • Email and phone number
  • Any dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian, vegan, pork-free, etc.)
  • Will you need a laptop at the workshop, or will you be bringing one? All workshops are hands-on.
  • Do you require accommodations at the workshop, or will you be commuting in each day?

The workshop is free to participants, including coffee breaks and lunch. There is funding available for substitute teachers – please contact Felicia if you need that. Mileage will be reimbursed up to $100. If you live more than 45 miles from Southern Poly, we will pay for one night hotel room. For mileage reimbursement, we will need start/stop odometer readings.

Last modified 12 April 2010 at 1:27 pm by Mark Guzdial