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SIGCSE 2013 - Pre-Symposium Events


Instructor Preparation for Student Participation in Free and Open Source Software

  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: Governor's Square 9
  • Cost: No charge

This meeting will bring together faculty who have been exploring student participation in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) including those who have participated in the Red Hat POSSE program or any of the humanitarian FOSS workshops (e.g., HFOSS, SoftHum, or HumIT). The workshop will include review and revision of curricular materials for instructor preparation and discussion of materials needed to support instruction of undergraduates.

For additional information please contact Gregory Hislop or Darci Burdge


Computational Thinking through Computing and Music

  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: Governor's Square 11
  • Cost: No charge

The link between technology and music is inextricable. Digital technology is now omnipresent in our culture. The liklihood that technologists and musicians will find themselves involved in collaborative projects or work environments will increase. The intersection of computing and music can enrich pedagogy in numerous ways, from low-level courses that use music to illustrate practical applications of computing concepts to high-level ones that use sophisticated computer algorithms to process audio signals.

This workshop explores the ground between these extremes and introduces an approach to teaching computational thinking through an interdisciplinary course at the intersection of computing and music. In addition to exploring the assignments and materials that we use in out interdisciplinary Sound Thinking course, you will have an opportunity to develop approaches targeted to your own courses at your own institutions, but this is not absolutely required. Please see www.performamatics.org for further details, including materials from prior workshops.

This workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation under a Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM award. There is not cost to participants. In addition, our award will cover one night lodging for each participant who is staying at the conference hotel.

Please register for this workshop using the application form linked from the project website at: www.performamatics.org

For additional information please contact Jesse Heines or Gena Greher


CSAB Computing Accreditation Workshop

  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: Governor's Square 14
  • Cost: $150

CSAB, Inc., the lead ABET society for accreditation of degree programs in computer science, information systems, information technology, and software engineering, is offering this workshop for computing faculty and administrators interested in seeking accreditation or reaccreditation. Attendees will participate in a full day of hands-on accreditation training covering both general and program criteria with a special emphasis on the assessment process. The workshop will be led by experienced ABET team chairs, and the cost includes meals and materials.

For additional information visit http://www.csab.org or contact Liz Glazer


Exploring the Next Generation of Scratch

  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Where: Governor's Square 15
  • Cost: $25

Explore the possibilities of Scratch 2.0, the next generation of the Scratch programming environment and online community. Young people (elementary through college) are using Scratch to program and share interactive stories, games, and simulations - and, in the process, learning important computational concepts and practices. Scratch 2.0 migrates Scratch to the cloud, making it possible to author Scratch programs directly in web browsers, allowing more seamless collaboration and new opportunities for creative expression. At this hands-on workshop, you will create projects using new features and capabilities of Scratch 2.0, such as "cloud variables" for accessing online data and webcam programming blocks for sensing moverments in the physcial world. We will also discuss the educational ideas underlying Scratch 2.0 and strategies for using Scratch 2.0 in various educational settings. For more information visit: http://vimeo.com/41683547

Participants are expected to bring their own laptops (sorry, no tablets, only laptops).

Online registration form and payment information at:http://sigcse2013-scratch.eventbrite.com/

For additional information please contact Mitchel Resnick or Karen Brennan


Git & GitHub Foundations for Educators

  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: Governor's Square 16
  • Cost: No Charge

Our foundations class helps you, as a newcomer to Git and GitHub, fully grasp the concepts and application of distributed version control so that you can effectively begin using this productivity-enhancing suite of tools in the classroom. During this live training course, we will explore the foundations of Git and GitHub through practical every-day commands and processes. We will conclude with workflow ideas and practical tips that will help you and your students with assignment submission, grading, feedback, and more.

Participants must bring a laptop, this will be a hands-on workshop.

For additional information visit: http://training.github.com/in-person/git-foundations/ or contact John Britton or Tim Berglund


Integrating Computing Ethics into the Curriculum

  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Where: Governor's Square 10
  • Cost: $10

In support of ACM's Commitment to Ethical Professionalism this event is designed to help faculty provide students with tools to better understand and resolve the ethical challenges. It will specifically address the needs of those who are teaching or about to teach Computer Ethics. The workshop will use both lecture and small group activities to introduce and enhance their computer ethics teaching skills. We will present materials to be used in a complete computer ethics course and that can be used as examples and exercises in specific technical courses; including case studies, suggested course syllabi, and suggestions for creating and grading assignments including examples from the proposed CS2013 curriculum.

For additional information contact Don Gotterbarn, Bo Brinkman, or Keith Miller


Managing the Academic Career for Women Faculty

  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: Governor's Square 12
  • Cost: No Charge

The goal of the Career Mentoring Workshop is to provide critical mentoring information for instructors, pre-tenure faculty and graduate students in Computer Science and Engineering who are interested in an academic career. The day-long workshop, to be held on Wednesday, March 6, will be co-located with the SIGCSE 2013 conference in Denver.

Tentative topics will include: Mentoring, Teaching Strategies, Getting Started with Research/Finding Funding/Research with Undergraduates, Promotion and Tenure, Time Management, and Balancing Priorities (i.e., teaching vs. research vs. service).

Workshop participants must commit to attending the complete workshop on March 6 from 8am-5pm and are encouraged to attend all of the SIGCSE 2013 conference.

Scholarships for travel and lodging to attend the workshop and SIGCSE 2013 are available.

Online registration form at:http://bit.ly/crawSigcse2013/

For additional information visit: http://cra-w.org/ArticleDetails/tabid/77/ArticleID/75/CMW-E.aspx/ or contact Sheila Casteneda or Susan Rodger


SIGCAS (Computers and Society) share and learn

  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Where: Governor's Square 10
  • Cost: No Charge

Common interest topics from Computers in Society will be shared and discussed. SIG members are encouraged to participate as this is one of the few opportunities for face to face engagement. Topics from SIGCAS newsletters will be presented and BoF discussion leaders will be introduced. Topics included are legal issues, privacy, other ethical issues, issues in education and social media.

For additional information contact Netiva Caftori or Flo Appel


Using the GENI Networking Testbed

  • When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Where: Governor's Square 15
  • Cost: No Charge

In this tutorial, we will introduce the SIGCSE community to the vast resources that are part of the GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovation) testbed. We shall present the distributing computing resources and tools openly available through GENI for both education and research. The emphasis for this event will be designing simple and reusable experiments on the GENI testbed - both for demonstration of system and networking concepts and networking courses. We will also include a hands-on component to help the attendees get started and run a simple experiment on GENI nodes.

For additional information visit: http://cs.unc.edu/~aikat/geni/sigcse2013-tutorial.htm or contact Jay Aikat, Kevin Jeffay or Mark Berman