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Recommended Citation: Cooper, S, W Dann, and R Pausch.  Developing Algorithmic Thinking With Alice.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2000, v 17 (Philadelphia): §506.

Developing Algorithmic Thinking With Alice

Stephen Cooper    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Department
Saint Joseph's University    [u1] [u2]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

Wanda Dann    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Department
Ithaca College    [u1] [u2]
Ithaca, New York, USA    [c1] [c2]

Randy Pausch    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University    [u1] [u2]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

Rapid change in information technology motivates a corresponding evolution in our definition of computer literacy. One recent movement is toward Fluency with Information Technology, a key-concepts approach to computer literacy that includes algorithmic thinking. Algorithmic thinking is used to describe one methodology for solving problems. We introduce Alice, a 3-dimensional animation tool. Alice is an emerging technology that provides a learning environment that may be helpful in developing algorithmic thinking. We present our instructional experience with Alice and demonstrate a possible use of Alice to support the development of algorithmic thinking.

Keywords: algorithmic thinking, problem solving, Alice

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