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2012 IEEE 25th Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T) (2012)
Nanjing, Jiangsu
April 17, 2012 to April 19, 2012
ISSN: 1093-0175
ISBN: 978-1-4673-1592-0
pp: 87-89
ABSTRACT
We are experiencing a technology shift: powerful and easy-to-use touchscreen-based mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are becoming more prevalent than traditional PCs and laptops. Many mobile devices are going to be the first and, in less developed countries, possibly the only computing devices that virtually all people would own and carry with them at all times. We propose to reflect this new reality in how computer science is taught in the classroom. In this tutorial, participants will learn about developing software directly on smartphones without a PC using TouchDevelop on Windows Phone, a novel application-creation environment from Microsoft Research. Its typed, structured programming language is built around the idea of using only a touchscreen as the input device to author code. Easy access to the rich sensor and personal data available on a mobile device results in a fun and engaging programming experience for students.
INDEX TERMS
computer aided instruction, computer science education, high level languages, mobile computing, programming environments, smart phones, teaching
CITATION

N. Tillmann, M. Moskal, J. d. Halleux, M. Fahndrich and T. Xie, "Engage Your Students by Teaching Computer Science Using Only Mobile Devices with TouchDevelop," 2012 IEEE 25th Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T)(CSEET), Nanjing, Jiangsu, 2012, pp. 87-89.
doi:10.1109/CSEET.2012.11
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