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WLMGT
09-18-2006, 04:47 PM
If anyone has instructional materials, links, etc. to materials for teaching Alice in middle school, I would love to hear from you.
Thanks.
GT

lanceA
09-18-2006, 05:55 PM
Begin here for instructor materials:
www.aliceprogramming.net (http://www.aliceprogramming.net)

Most of the material is password protected so you will either need to contact Prentice-Hall or one of the textbook author's.

WLMGT
09-18-2006, 07:20 PM
Thanks, I did that. I was just wondering if someone had already modified any of those materials for middle school/high school use.
Thanks

lanceA
09-18-2006, 07:50 PM
I don't specifically know of a middle school that is using the materials, but I do know numerous high schools are using the material. How many are using the material as-is versus having modified it, I do not know.

Good luck.

Jane Krauss
09-25-2006, 12:41 PM
The Institute for Computing Education (ICE) at Georgia Tech offers summer camps where middle school youth learn programming in Scratch and Alice. The ICE Web site has slide sets and teaching guides to will help you get started. See: Summer Camps for Middle School Students 2006: http://coweb.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/447

LollyB13
10-20-2006, 01:01 PM
:o This is so much fun! I am teaching en elective to grade 6-8. I think it's fun because we have no prssure of grades. I am using this trimester as a curriculum building time. We used the tutorials, students decided what they wanted to learn first, we went through some basics and after each class the next skill set emerges.

Right now the students are doing peer-created assignments. I promised htme we would try to publish their work. I have yet to find a resource that truly suits this age group!

lanceA
10-26-2006, 06:30 PM
Joel Adams has a great book out on ALICE for lower school students. He spent the previous summer at Carnegie Mellon working with the Alice group.

lanceA
11-22-2006, 04:53 PM
They've just published the Alice 2.0 Introductory Concepts and Techniques book. I have a copy and I would recommend it for middle school.

julian
11-29-2006, 08:38 AM
thanks for posting the info regarding the new book.
We are a Mac environment and I noticed all the supplementary downloads were .exe files and not accessible for Macs, are these essential?

Link
11-29-2006, 08:59 AM
My first computer was a mac.. But I myself and a gamer.. so I love macs.. but some times I can't stand them.. Uhhh as for the topic of middle school. I thought a prospective from a student might help you. Note: i'm in high school, but I was once a middle schooler. I personally would have loved to have this class in middle school!! However, I'm not sure many middle school students would agree with me. The intrest in computers and programing seem to mainly start somewhere in between middle and high school. Also.. If you do get an alice program up for middle school.. you have to have more challanging classes in programing waiting for high school. Perhaps something in Java script or C++.. maybe none object oriented programing?

lanceA
11-29-2006, 11:34 AM
thanks for posting the info regarding the new book.
We are a Mac environment and I noticed all the supplementary downloads were .exe files and not accessible for Macs, are these essential?

The exe's are just self-extracting zip files which contain .a2w worlds. You just need to extract them on a PC and then port them over to the Macs. At the high school level we have a mixture of PC's and MACs.

Good luck,