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:

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.