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Bridging Languages Paper Accepted to ICER DC

This summer, I was accepted as a participant in the ICER2017 Doctoral Consortium. It was a fantastic experience! The ACM partially funded my trip through a travel reimbursement, so I was able to attend the ICER2017 conference in Tacoma, WA, where I had the chance to meet and exchange ideas with experts who are passionate about CS education. Here is the abstract from my submission:

Update: Bridging Languages Study

It’s been a long time since my last update, so there’s lots to cover!

As a recap, I have been investigating hybrid environments, which provide multiple representations of the same code. In particular, I’ve been looking into Pencil Code, which is a bi-directional environment – it lets students go back and forth between blocks and text. We had been planning a study at a middle school in Orlando since January.

Bridging Languages - Progress and New Initiatives

In the last blog post, I wrote about how we completed our study - of a summer camp in which kids learned how to make games in Scratch - and how we were analyzing the data. We've completed that analysis and hope to see it published soon. Our analysis focuses on the impact prior programming experience has on students' perceptions of programming and computer science; we believe our study and analysis will help guide the development of computing curricula in the future.

Bridging Languages Project Update: Summer Camp Study

Over the summer, I ran a study with children ages 7-12 at a gaming summer camp in Winter Park, FL. The aim of this study was to begin to identify programming constructs students find motivating, and those they struggle with, in block-based environments. We ran the 1-week summer camp with three different student groups and interviewed students during the last two camps. In this study we interviewed students three times: At the beginning and end of the camp we asked students about their thoughts on programming.

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