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Area School Teachers Participate In Dr. Wilson's Alice Workshop
The Department of Computer Science & Information Systems at Murray State University recently offered a unique workshop to introduce teachers from various Western Kentucky school districts to Alice, a new learning tool for developing and enhancing critical reasoning skills. Nineteen teachers from school districts in the Western Kentucky region participated.

To meet the needs of additional teachers, the department is scheduling another identical workshop for Wednesday, July 25th. This is a day-long event. All needed materials will be provided along with a light lunch. Teachers have been using this workshop as Professional Development. The last day for registration is Monday, July 23, 2007

Alice was developed by graduate computer science students at Carnegie Mellon University and is being introduced nation-wide to middle & high school students as well. It helps students to create computer animations in 3-D while allowing them to learn the basics of logical thinking to solve problems. Dr. Brenda Wilson attended a summer workshop at Duke University to learn this exciting new software.

Future workshops and competitions for students are also being planned. According to Dr. Victor Raj, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, “Our goal is to enhance Regional stewardship, by sharing our expertise in Computer technology through low-cost workshops to both the educational community and area businesses. The Alice workshop is truly innovative and gives students an opportunity to develop valuable reasoning skills while having fun. In the past, we have also offered workshops in Excel and Access for area businesses. We hope to make this as part of our regular service to the community” .



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