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Posts from SICSE: Lazowska suggests green IT as next space race

April 3, 2008

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Ed Lazowska is chair of the Computing Community Consortium. He gave the last keynote at SIGCSE (slides here). He describes the 20 greatest engineering achievements of the 20th Century. Computing is listed, as are electronics and the internet. Perhaps even more important though is the role of computing in ALL of the other achievements from […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Differentiated learning through reading

March 27, 2008

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Leigh Ann Sudol from Carnegie Mellon takes a different approach to get students thinking about bigger pictures: she makes them read. In forging connections, she describes a reading assignment and the impact of that assignment on getting students thinking about computer science and its connections to their life. She sees that: students are entering with […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Computer Science service-learning programme

March 26, 2008

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Chris Brooks described a successful service-learning programme for computer science students (pdf). He teaches at a Jesuit school where service learning is the norm. He makes the point that this is not “volunteering” , rather service learning is community-based active lerning that supplements classroom material with reflective activities that help students synthesize experiences: If the […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Can students re-engineer? No.

March 26, 2008

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Eli Blevis makes the point that we have to make it cool to want to own a retro iPod. He doesn’t mean a new piece of equipment made to look old, but that we keep our old favourites alive for a lot longer than is the current trend. beyond the switch in marketing and fashion, […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Cyberporn

March 26, 2008

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Joe Oldham (pdf) has a different take on introducing ethics to computing students an issue that is “necessary but problematic”. Instead of covering the theory he uses a topical approach: cyberporn. He sees this approach as a solution to a problem where one option to include ethics is the blending into technical courses which has […]

Posts from SIGCSE: Integrating ethics through mock trials

March 26, 2008

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Roxanne Canosa and Joan Lucas discuss ways of integrating ethics into computing teaching (pdf). This is increasingly important for computer science educators as several ABET criteria relate to ethics. They use a system of mock trials as a teaching technique. They see such trial as like a debate but is more structured; like a case […]

Posts from SIGCSE: snapshot of ethics in computing programmes

March 26, 2008

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Carol Spradling has done a survey of how undergraduate computing programmes incorporate ethics (pdf). Of her respondents (36% of 700), 88% include social and professional issues as part of their computing degree. It is primarily taught by computer science faculty, most of whom have had no special training (77%). She is pleased that the decision […]