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Know anyone interested in being in the greater Boston area, helping to manage and teach in a collegiate cybersecurity scholarship program? WPI is hiring for a non-tenure track person to help run our new NSF-funded Scholarships for Service program, optionally also helping to teach in the program (college level or K-12 outreach). Job ad follows, happy to take questions. 
Cybersecurity Program Manager and Teaching Position. Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying to the opening. To apply to the position, please click the Apply to this Job link/button.
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Fun stuff like this make me wish JetBlue was more useful for where I fly.  Will be curious to see what 10 videos make it onto a "general public" flight menu ...
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Due to be at SPLASH on Tuesday?  SPLASH-E (the educators symposium) has sessions on Motivating Student Learning (9-10), Error Messages and Feedback (10:30-12), Course Design Issues (1:30-3:00), and Design Issues in Drag-and-Drop Languages (3:30-4:45).  We'll be having informal discussions on audience-suggested topics during the day, including one on scaling programming/SE courses to large numbers of students (starting around 11:20).  Feel free to wander in and out if you're registered for other Tuesday workshops at SPLASH!
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My month for bizarre shower interfaces in hotels. Note there isn't any sort of button or lever other than temperature control on the round plate. How to get water to come out of the shower head?

Answer: a small ring pulls down from the mouth of the faucet spout into the bathtub. Only found this after going the bedstand for my glasses and reading the small diagram discretely placed on the faucet.

Someone miss context during UI testing?

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Phase 1 of conversion to a Mac person is complete: the windows machines are powered down and stored away.  Will advance to Phase 2 when I finally manage to remember that the blasted application menus are always disconnected from the windows at the top of the screen (I've done more google searches in the last week for how to do stuff that I know should be obvious because I can't find the darn menus).
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+Shriram Krishnamurthi He probably said it first, but I probably read it in Raskin's The Humane Interface. At least, that's my supposition given that the latter is on the bookshelf and the former I don't remember reading. :-)
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Juxtapose this with the recent NYTimes article on failures in math ed reform: unless teachers are well prepared to teach new material,  students fail to gain from it and parents/public fail to buy into the revisions.  The potential for backlash against computing education is significant if teachers aren't sufficiently prepared (as opposed to barely-if-at-all prepared, as would be the case for mandated CS education today).
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Unfortunately, we don't teach math well for a lot of the same reasons. We don't have enough qualified teachers, and what the teachers we do have teach and how they teach it isn't what it should be. The Common Core says every student should get through Pre-Calculus, basically. Intro CS is not nearly as challenging for most students and probably should take the place of matrices, trigonometry, and some other rather esoteric concepts. But he's right--we're not ready to make that change, yet. We don't have enough teachers who know intro CS and we don't have enough people to train them, even if we wanted to create them.
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CFP for ICER, the conference on rigorous research in computing education.  The sessions are structured for discussions (the audience discusses each paper briefly in small groups before Q&A), the doctoral symposium is in-depth and hands-on, and the community is welcoming.  Check it out if you do work in this area.  Omaha in August.
Welcome to ICER'15! August 9-13, 2015. Omaha, Nebraska, USA. As ICER now enters its second decade as an international venue for high quality computing education research, we are thrilled to welcome the conference for the first time to the Great Plains of the Midwest and the University of ...
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Like many, my dept is hiring in several areas (security, data science, algorithms, visualization/HCI, robotics, serious games).  We're particularly interested in candidates that bridge software and security (broadly construed).  If you know anyone interested in a combined teaching/research environment (size and student culture of a small liberal arts college + tech school + research and grad students), I'd love to hear about or from them!  We're also commutable from Boston and Providence for those with two-body situations!
Tenure Track Faculty Positions Available in Computer Science. Description of Positions. Looking for faculty colleagues who engage deeply in both teaching and research within a curriculum that embraces student projects and independent learning? Consider joining the faculty at WPI.
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Last session of my programming languages course this morning. Outside my office door, a box (our metaphor for mutable data) with a bottle of scope that one electrical engineering student had tried to charge statically. Ah, the moments in teaching when you know something just worked ... It's been a fun group of students this term.
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Your students are so eager, yet they appear to have an infinite stream of puns at their disposal. I hope you mark these as a display somehow, so that the custodial staff doesn't sweep them away.
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Coming to SPLASH and have educational ideas to toss around?  SPLASH-E (the SPLASH education track) has set aside time for lightning talks and themed breakout ("unconference") sessions.  Lightning talk and breakout proposals welcome through August 22.  

We're already planning sessions on drag-and-drop language design and creating motivating software projects.  One session will be used to give feedback to folks who are designing new SE/PL classes. Drop us a single-paragraph proposal of something to chat about on these or other themes of interest to you.
Software tools and programming languages enable much of computing education. Many software experts are passionate about passing our craft along to others. Come interact with other educationally-minded software researchers during SPLASH: participate in SPLASH-E!
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This shower interface is cruel to a jetlagged brain that just wants hot water from the showerhead -- which knob to turn???
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It is called English Bathroom Design... My dad (who's a plumber in Germany) always laughed when my parents visited us in the UK.
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SPLASH-E (SPLASH Education Symposium) paper submissions due soon.  June 20 for research papers, Aug 22 for discussion suggestions and lightning talk proposals.  If you're at ICSE14 and get into a good discussion about an educational itch or idea, submit to SPLASH-E to continue the discussion!
Software tools and programming languages enable much of computing education. Many software experts are passionate about passing our craft along to others. Come interact with other educationally-minded software researchers during SPLASH: participate in SPLASH-E!
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    Computer Science and Asian Studies
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    Computer Science (MS and PhD)
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