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Default Learning Alice - 04-21-2011, 10:06 AM

Do you think that a teacher is capable of learning how to teach programming with Alice without attending a training? I would like to try it with my class, but I am unable to attend the workshop or training at Texas A & M that I saw on the website. Is there any additional training sessions offered?
   
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Default 04-21-2011, 11:34 AM

What do you mean by training sessions? I learned alice without a textbook. But what kind of training do you need?


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Default 04-21-2011, 11:54 AM

Hello--

Can you be prepared to teach Alice without attending a workshop? I think this depends on how much programming experience you already have. For example: Do you know other programming languages in depth? Have you taught programming before? Do you have Alice programming books at your disposal? How well do you learn things on your own?

It is true that Alice is user friendly and that beginners do experience some success with very little training. However, if you wish to take full advantage of all the programming constructs that Alice has, it will take some serious study and perhaps a workshop.

FYI--There is another Alice 2.2 training session in June listed on the Alice home page. Also, search the web for Alice tutorials.

Hope this helps. As you can guess, I teach programming with Alice.

Dick Baldwin has wonderful Alice tutorials on his web site.

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Default Learning Alice -- workshops - 04-22-2011, 07:33 AM

Although casual learners may learn on their own and may use
information posted on websites, we recommend that teachers
attend a workshop. Pedagogy and teaching techniques
are best communicated from teacher to teacher in a workshop.

A list of summer workshops is posted at www.aliceprogramming.net
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Default 04-23-2011, 03:38 PM

Even though one might be good in their subject or field, that does not make them an expert in the art of teaching. I have had teachers in high school that got degrees from prestigious colleges making them an expert in their field, yet some of those same people can't teach at all! You might want to attend a workshop or consult a good teacher in order to learn how to teach well.


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