TITLE: SIGCSE Day 1 -- Innovative Approaches for Introducing CS AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: March 09, 2011 11:31 PM DESC: ----- BODY: SIGCSE 2011 in Dallas, Texas I'm in Dallas for a couple of days for SIGCSE 2011. I owe my presence to Jeff Forbes and Owen Astrachan, who organized a pre-conference workshop on innovative approaches for introducing computer science and provided support for its participants, courtesy of their NSF projects. The Sheraton Dallas is a big place, and I managed to get lost on the way to the workshop this morning. As I entered the room fifteen minutes late, Owen was just finishing up talking about something called the Jinghui Rule. I still don't know what it is, but I assume it had something to do with us not being able to use our laptops during much of the day. This saves you from reading a super-long breakdown of the day, which is just as well. The group will produce a report soon, and I'm sure Jeff and Owen will do more complete job than I might -- not least of which because we all produced summaries of our discussion throughout the day, presented them to the group as a whole, and submitted them to our leaders for their use. The topics we discussed were familiar ones, including problems, interdisciplinary approaches, integrative approaches, motivating students, and pedagogical issues. Even still, the discussions were often fresh, as most everyone in the room wrestles with these topics in the trenches and is constantly trying new things. I did take a few notes the old-fashioned way about some things that stood out to me: Finally, Ge Wang demoed some of the cool things you can do with an iPhone using apps like those from Smule. Wow. That was cool. -----