Teaching Fundamental Concepts of Informatics: 4th International Conference on Informatics in Secondary Schools - Evolution and Perspectives, ISSEP 2010, Zurich, Switzerland, January 13-15, 2010, Proceedings / Edition 1

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the fourth International Conference on Informatics in Secondary Schools - Evolution and Perspectives, ISSEP 2010, held in Zurich, Switzerland in January 2010.

The 14 revised full papers presented together with 6 invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 32 submissions. A broad variety of topics related to teaching informatics in secondary schools is addressed ranging from national experience reports to paedagogical and methodological issues. Contributions solicited cover a variety of topics including but not limited to accessibility, assessment, classroom management, communication skills, computer science contests, computers and society, courseware, curriculum issues, research in informatics education, diagnostic teaching, empirical methods, ethical/societal issues, gender and diversity issues, high school/college transition issues, information systems, information technology, interdisciplinary courses and projects, laboratory/active learning, multimedia, object-oriented issues, pedagogy, student retention and persistence, role of programming and algorithmics, using emerging instructional, technologies and web-based techniques/web services.

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Sustaining Informatics Education by Contests (Invited Talk) Valentina, Dagienė 1

Impasse, Conflict, and Learning of CS Notions (Invited Talk) David Ginat 13

K-12 Computer Science: Aspirations, Realities, and Challenges (Invited Talk) Allen B. Tucker 22

Perspective on Computer Science Education (Invited Talk) Amiram Yehudai 35

Didactics of Introduction to Computer Science in High School Michal Armoni Tamar Benaya David Ginat Ela Zur 36

Software Design Course for Leading CS In-Service Teachers Ofra Brandes Tamar Vilner Ela Zur 49

The Effect of Tangible Artifacts, Gender and Subjective Technical Competence on Teaching Programming to Seventh Graders Philipp Brauner Thiemo Leonhardt Martina Ziefle Ulrik Schroeder 61

The Difficulty of Programming Contests Increases Michal Forišek 72

Didactic Games for Teaching Information Theory Michal Forišek Monika Steinová 86

Collaborative Initiatives for Promoting Computer Science in Secondary Schools Irene Glendinning Margaret Low 100

Teaching Public-Key Cryptography in School Lucia Keller Dennis Komm Giovanni Serafini Andreas Sprock Björn Steffen 112

Towards a Methodical Approach for an Empirically Proofed Competency Model Johannes Magenheim Wolfgang Nelles Thomas Rhode Niclas Schaper 124

Having Fun with Computer Programming and Games: Teacher and Student Experiences Clare McInerney 136

Showing Core-Concepts of Informatics to Kids and Their Teachers Roland T. Mittermeir Ernestine Bischof Karin Hodnigg 143

Object-Oriented Modeling of Object-Oriented Concepts: A Case Study-in Structuring an Educational Domain Michela Pedroni Bertrand Meyer 155

Programming Camps: Letting Children Discover the computer Science Monika Steinová Juliana Šišková 170

Mission to Mars - A Study on Naming and Referring Michael Weigend 182

Long-Term Development of Software Projects - Students' Self-appreciation and Expectations Cecile Yehezkel Bruria Haberman 194

Author Index 207

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