Teaching UbiComp with Sense

Richards, Michael and Smith, Neil (2010). Teaching UbiComp with Sense. In: NordiCHI, 16-20 Oct 2010, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Abstract

Modern computer science education has to take account of the recent changes towards smart ubiquitous computing devices. In addition, existing programming languages are needlessly difficult for novice programmers to learn concepts. We have developed Sense, an extension to the graphical programming language Scratch, and an associated sensor/actuator board. Together, these will allow novice undergraduate students to quickly develop their own smart devices while learning the fundamentals of programming. Students will first study with Sense in 2011 but developmental feedback has been positive.

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