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Workshop on Mobile App Development at SIGCSE

Posted by qmahmoud on March 19, 2008 at 2:09 PM PDT

I have just returned from ACM SIGCSE (the 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education) which was held in Portland, Oregon. Portland is a nice city, I especially liked the Light Rail and the fact that Oregon has no sales tax (what you see is what you pay).

I have attended the Greenfoot Day at SIGCSE and presented a scenario (Going to the Moon) that can be used to introduce students to programming with Java. It is an entertaining idea developed as part of a final year project by Randy Gallant at the University of Guelph-Humber. Several people from universities, colleges, and high schools are interested in the scenario and we'll be releasing it soon (watch this space).

I have also delivered a tutorial on "Introducing and Teaching Mobile Application Development" which was attended by 17 participants from universities and colleges (mostly from USA and Canada). I mainly covered Java ME and the BlackBerry wireless device, and talked about my experience in integrating BlackBerry devices into my programming courses. The workshop went well and everyone seemed excited about the technology and integrating it into their own courses. Electronic copies of the handouts are now available online for download, see: workshop handouts.

In addition, I have presented a poster on a tool for generating device-independent quizzes. We'd like to commercialize this tool so if your company is looking for something like this, please let me know. Q.