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Details on First Courses Workshop May 11-12

by Mark Guzdial last modified 2007-05-07 14:11

How to register, what to expect, what we'll do.

The first courses workshop on May 11-12 will be a two day, whirlwind overview of the new introductory courses being developed at Georgia Tech.

YOU MUST REGISTER BY APRIL 11! Our room block will disappear after that date.

The workshop is free. We will provide rooms at the nearby Regency Suites, a shuttle from the hotel to and from the workshop, and meals. Please keep track of your miles, and we will reimburse you for travel, too. We will provide a laptop to use at the workshop, and a CD of relevant software for you to take home with you.

LOCATION: Klaus Building Room 1456

Rough agenda:

Friday May 11:
Continental Breakfast at hotel.
9 am: Introductions and overview of the workshop.
9:30-11:30: Introduction to Media Computation using Python. (Break at 10:30)
11:30-12:30: Lunch
12:30-3:30: Introduction to Media Computation using Java. (Break at 2:30)
3:30-4:30: Tackling a homework assignment in Media Computation
4:30-5: Why a contextualized approach to computing: Broadening Participation in Computing. Support available for teachers for assessment.
Dinner at hotel

Saturday May 12:
Continental Breakfast at hotel
9-10:30 am: Introduction to Computing using Robotics in Python
10:30-11:30 am: Tackling a homework assignment in Robotics
11:30-12:30: Lunch
12:30-2:30: Introduction to Computing for Engineering using MATLAB
2:30-2:45: Break
2:45-4:30: Data structures in Media Computation using Java
4:30-5: Wrap-up discussion and evaluation of the workshop.

Learning Objectives:
- For participants to generate new ideas for motivating, contextualized activities to use in their classes.
- To identify at least one homework assignment and related lectures that will change and become more contextualized based on this workshop.
- Possibly to identify a whole course approach that might be adopted at the attendees' home institution.

PLEASE REGISTER BY APRIL 11! Please send email to with:
- Your name
- Your institution
- An email address
- A phone number where you can be reached (office AND cell, preferred)
- Whether you need a hotel room, and for which nights.

We can take at most 20 people for this workshop. We will offer another five day workshop on this topic in July at Georgia Southern, and another two day workshop in 2008.

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