The Computing Cow Contest

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An incredibly dedicated fellow named Rob Kolstad ran the USACO USA Computing Olympiad) for the past couple of decades and, in the process, challenged innumerable secondary students throughout the world to monthly tackle a set of tough but doable computing problems. For many of those students, USACO and other computing contests became a hobby of love that later mushroomed into careers in Computer ...

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University Pathway @ 5-credits per Grade!

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Many roads lead to Rome. This case study features a middle class urban high school of 1600 students. The school launches a grade ten 5-credit course with script-language programming and a introduction to a programming language such as Visual BASIC or Alice. It then moves at a comfortable pace through Java in grade eleven and challenges students with file-handling, ADTs (Abstract Data Types) and recursion in grade 12. Successful students in this pathway reach a most respectable level of abstraction ...

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Integrating Four Computer Science Pathways

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This is a case study of an academic urban school of 2000 students. To the extent possible, the ten principles enunciated below will be implemented. This school offers four Computer Science pathways with a single Computer Science teacher. A download was added to this blog on 12 September 2009. You may now download a PowerPoint slide show with audio that contains the information in this blog by clicking ...

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Computer Science Pathway Construction!

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This blog was revised on September 1, 2009 to recognize that a University Pathway may terminate with either a programming language focus in Computer Science 31 or a broader, eclectic focus in Computer Science 33.

The classic debate in the creation of every curriculum is whether to go broad or go deep. The new Alberta Education CTS curriculum has enough scope and depth go either route. Before the ...

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Alberta Education’s Authorized CSE Textbook

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This blog was revised on September 9, 2009 to provide details concerning services of Universal Bindery (Sask) Ltd. This blog was revised on October 2, 2009 to indicate that Pearson Education will create customized versions of this textbook. This blog was revised on 27 May 2010 to indicate that Alberta Education had authorized the 8th edition of this textbook. On 4 August 2009 ...

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