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Gail Carmichael
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Early Designs for Classroom Games Teaching Computer Science Principles
We have been working on designs for three classroom games as part of our Gram's House story project .  Each game teaches a different computer science principle, and has three different forms: an abstract game, a game with a fictional context, and a game wit...
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What Eighth Graders Think About Women and Computer Science
On the last day of the 2015 edition of my week-long mini-course ( Computer Science and Games: Just for Girls! ), I held a discussion about women in computer science.  Below is a transcription of the notes I made on the white board.  The thoughts, if not the...
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Two Semesters Teaching CS2 With C++ and Java
As you may recall , I have been experimenting with a CS2 design that teaches both C++ and Java in a single semester.  I previously reported on the success of the design after teaching a section of majors and non-majors in the off-term.  This semester, we us...
As you may recall, I have been experimenting with a CS2 design that teaches both C++ and Java in a single semester. I previously reported on the success of the design after teaching a section of majors and non-majors in the off-term. This semester, we used an iteration of the design with two ...
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One Instructor's Flipped Classroom Philosophy
Earlier this month, our Education Development Centre hosted a teaching round table on the flipped classroom.  At the session, engineering instructor Shermeen Nizami shared her philosophy for flipping her own fourth year undergraduate class. Nizami began by ...
Earlier this month, our Education Development Centre hosted a teaching round table on the flipped classroom. At the session, engineering instructor Shermeen Nizami shared her philosophy for flipping her own fourth year undergraduate class. Nizami began by sharing Rogers' diffusion of innovation ...
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A Comic About Grace Hopper
Ramya from Udemy shared a neat little comic with me about Grace Hopper, and said I could share it here.  You can look at the comic on their website , too, where you can also order a Grace Hopper sticker if you live in the US.  Enjoy!
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On Completing a PhD Proposal
In Mid-December, my PhD thesis proposal was accepted, leaving me ABD ("all but dissertation"). It was quite the journey to get there, and I have some hopefully useful insights to share from the experience. if you've ever wondered... / toby If you're curiou...
In Mid-December, my PhD thesis proposal was accepted, leaving me ABD ("all but dissertation"). It was quite the journey to get there, and I have some hopefully useful insights to share from the experience. if you've ever wondered... / toby. If you're curious, much of the information about the ...
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Review / JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development
Have you ever had a book that was so beautiful, it was hard to put down? Did it happen to be a programming book? Breaking out of what is normally expected of a technical volume, Jon Duckett's JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development really...
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Mini-Course 2015: Survey Results
Another May, another "Computer Science and Games: Just for Girls!" mini-course on the books.  I'm very pleased with how this year went. The course material and games made by the girls are all online , and below I share the results of my usual pre- and post-...
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Spring Research Update
It's been a while since I last did a research update. With spring (sort of) arriving, there's no better time to reflect on a winter's worth of hard work. First / Dean Gugler  Coherent Emergent Stories Most of my effort in the last 8 months has been dedicate...
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Review / Ruby Wizardry: An Introduction to Programming for Kids
I think story is a powerful way to teach computer science .  I also think that too many programming books are boring.  Boring is fine for the experienced programmer looking to learn a new language, but maybe not so great for a beginner  – someone we have a ...
I think story is a powerful way to teach computer science. I also think that too many programming books are boring. Boring is fine for the experienced programmer looking to learn a new language, but maybe not so great for a beginner – someone we have a chance to hook onto programming!
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How Gameplay Affects Stories in Games
I am very interested in the role of storytelling in videogames.  Although I do like games without stories as well, the story is often the part of a game that engages me the most.  For my thesis proposal, I spent some time thinking about how stories integrat...
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An Update on Our CS2 Experiment with C++ and Java
Back in September, I reported on an experimental course design I was trying out for our CS2 class.  The main idea was to start with C++ and slowly transition to Java so that we could use the explicit nature of C++ to better understand what Java is doing beh...
Back in September, I reported on an experimental course design I was trying out for our CS2 class. The main idea was to start with C++ and slowly transition to Java so that we could use the explicit nature of C++ to better understand what Java is doing behind the scenes.
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Faculty Instructor and Part-time PhD Student
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  • Carleton University
    Faculty Instructor, 2013 - present
  • Carleton University
    PhD Student, 2009 - present
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Computer Scientist, Educator, Blogger
Introduction
I'm a faculty instructor and part-time PhD student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. My main research interests include story in games, educational games, and computer science education. I am passionate about improving CS education for everyone and encouraging girls in particular to give CS a try.
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Hiked the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland... while five months pregnant.
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  • Carleton University
    Computer Science, present
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Female
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Gail Banaszkiewicz