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Questions tagged [resource-request]

For questions requesting teaching/classroom resources for a specific topic or lesson. To get a good answer, ensure your request is specific to a certain type of resource, and does not invite excessively broad or opinion-based answers. Check some of the highly voted example questions in this tag to ...

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Beginner Javascript course - recommended books

I was asked to teach Javascript to total beginners. Since it would most likely be free of charge, I would rather not spend time making my own slides and material. I would follow a book or some other ...
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How to give students practice with streaming computation?

I'm teaching a theory-focused randomized algorithms course at the undergraduate level, and have included a section on streaming algorithms. It would be great to get students to implement these ...
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Small to medium scale exercises about Haskell's higher abstractions

Short version: Where can I find highly varying, small or medium-sized exercises and examples on the use, identification and instance declaration of Haskell's abstractions such as applicatives, monads, ...
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Looking for puzzle/game programmes, so students can write solvers

I was playing some logic puzzles, and was thinking that they would be good for students to program solvers, that can be plugged in to the game logic. Some of the quantities to make them useful, in ...
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Becoming a master from a newbie at Computer Science and Electronics [closed]

I want to learn about Computers and Electronics and presently don't hold any kind of degree in the same. My urge to learn is entirely driven by my interest and curiosity for these subjects. I will be ...
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Textbook on Optimization

Can anyone suggest some good textbooks on optimization for MSc level? Books with more concrete applications and examples on real problems would be more appreciated. I am more interested in algorithm ...
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Student Teaching Minetest Modding in school as club

I am a grade 11 student at school. I created and am running a programming club each lunch. We meet once a week (typically, sometimes I have to cancel since my club isn't important). We have 50 minutes ...
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Blockchain cipher suitable for preschoolers

Is there a cryptographic hash function that well suited for preschool-aged children to work out on pencil and paper, to learn concepts of block chains? It must have the following requirements: Able ...
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What are good resources for self learning Finite Mathematics for a CS Student?

A student studying Computer Science requires some knowledge of finite mathematics, including logic, probability, counting, etc. In the use-case at hand, a HS or University course in finite math is not ...
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A better database management system, for teaching databases

I have been teaching databases, over the last few weeks, to key-stage 3 pupils (year 7 and 8). The school I am at uses Microsoft's Access. This seems adequate in many ways. However it has many ...
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Agile / SCRUM Course Structure: Downsides? Resources?

I am planning to teach an undergraduate-level course on mobile application development. I have been thinking about the best way to structure such a course, and am starting to believe that an agile ...
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Search for a useful interactive programming environment

More interactive environments are easier to learn, but the text based ones I have seen lately don't let you change your mind. I have used Read–Eval–Print Loop (REPL) environments. However these are ...
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Toy Databases for Class Examples/Homeworks

I am familiar with the Northwind database and Chinook database as good toy databases for allowing students to practice writing queries. Are there other databases in a similar vein that are available? ...
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Research on gender and attainment in CS

I am lecturing on gender and computer science and have found plenty of material outlining factors that impact female access to computer science courses. I stumbled across this paper: https://dl.acm....
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Computer Engineering student with Holes in my knowledge (i want to improve)

I'm a computer engineering student, I definitely have my strengths and weaknesses like any other student. And, I would like to improve upon areas that I'm either struggling in or completely missed in ...
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Use of “learnable programming” (via direct manipulation) software, in teaching

I read something on this site, that lead me to read about Bret Victor's learnable programming and direct manipulation. I was wondering if anyone has used any software like this. What software have ...
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Easy on-boarding for grad students to lead outreach?

I've been volunteering at a local Girls Who Code club at a U.S. high school. Other volunteers are female grad students in computing. I've been struck by the fact that even though the volunteers are ...
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Good resource for practice problems for inductive proofs

Every year, I teach my students about using induction to prove that algorithms function as intended. My purpose, in instructing them, is to help them master the structure of the proof itself. I use ...
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What resources would you recommend for K-5 Computer Systems Concept of the CSTA K-12 Standards?

In Maryland, we hope to be funded by a grant that will allow us to write a K-5 computer science curriculum to address the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science standards. ...
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Teaching Arduino---but not just “monkey see monkey do”

I've been looking for peer instruction style questions for an intro to Arduino workshop, but I haven't found anything. Besides not seeing PI materials, it's hard to find any materials where a student ...
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Is there a good textbook for writing an interpreter in an imperative language? [closed]

Can anyone recommend a good textbook for writing interpreters (not compilers) that don't use languages like Scheme or Haskell?
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Could you recommend books on concurrent programming?

I am self-learning concurrent programming. I have some experience with concurrent programming. Have self learned OS and programming. There are both programming languages and libraries that provide ...
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Scheme - Which book To Use [closed]

I am preparing to teach Scheme now, so I need a good reference book. I like books which can dig deep, with none of the beginner level introduction stuff that some books like to spend time on. So, ...
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Plagiarism checks for source code

In one of my answers I elaborated on the way we do language-tailored plagiarism checks on student submissions: The general idea is to strip comments, whitespace, variable and function names, ...
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What professional development events or conferences are out there for CS educators?

I'm trying to find a professional development event for myself as a relatively new CS educator. I'm interested in something that showcases innovative ways to teach and engage students in the subject --...
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Students can solve programming exercises but not explain their solutions. What to do?

I've seen too many cases when a student has completed a programming exercise (without cheating) but can't say, for example, what type of values a variable contains during program runtime (in case of ...
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Exercises for teaching GUI / Windows interaction basics

It is now very easy to plop together some visual User Interface controls on to a form and hook them to events. In Microsoft Windows, there are a staggering number of properties and events available ...
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Independent research on bootcamp job placement claims

Bootcamps have become an increasingly popular alternative for starting or transitioning to a career in tech over the past 5 years or so. As a result, a common question I get when interacting with ...
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Teaching OOP in Java, to students who already know Java

I am going to teach a course in object-oriented programming in Java, and am looking for materials - textbooks and slides. It is a course for 2nd-year undergrads. In the 1st year, they already learned ...
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Ways to advance the field of computer science education as a non-researcher

I understand, as a model, how a researcher at a university can advance the entire field of CS Education. Less clear to me, however, are methods available to teachers in the field who do not have ...
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Historical standard order of topics in imperative programming textbooks [closed]

Bit of history: The Darmouth Basic Manual (1964) follows a common order of exposition: expressions, variables, constants, assignment, tests/loops; calling subprograms being considered an "advanced ...
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Books that summarize pedagogical research within our field

I was inspired by BennetBrown's answer here, in which he says "Please, CS ed, produce something akin to Teaching Introductory Physics. Guzdial's Learner-centered Design of Computing Education is a ...
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Curricular Support for a CyberPatriot Club

I currently coach our school's CyberPatriot team. (You can find information on the CyberPatriot competition here.) We are heading into our second year of competing. Last year we did pretty well for ...
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How do I teach about inequity in computing resources?

What activities, and with what resources, are effective for students to learn about the status and consequences of inequities in computing resources? Activities could address inequities within a ...
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Book recommendations for rigorous CS books

I am a mathematician but I would like to learn basics of computer science. I have seen many books that are fine but has some mistakes. For example, ...
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How do I teach git to a teenager

I like Git, or at least the idea of it. However I can not get my head around how to use it. Therefore I would not like to teach it. (This question is about learning to use Git. Not about comparing it ...
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Ideas for introducing databases to Android development students

I teach an Android development course to students who have had two full years of Java experience - including a year of data structures. In the past, my students have used services such as Firebase, ...
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What non-programming book is vital for learning the CS mindset? [closed]

If you had to recommend a single book to introduce the way programmers think to anyone, but it had to be from outside the field of CS, what would it be? For programmers, my hands down, all-time, ...
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Learning in a developing field

I'm reading quite a bit about quantum computing, especially optical quantum computing. Part of the problem is even the all-encompassing bible of quantum computing (Nielsen and Chuang, Quantum ...
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Explaining how the Internet and the World Wide Web work

I have been having trouble finding a good resource (ideally a video) or analogy that helps me to explain how the Internet and the World Wide Web work. It does not need to be too in-depth. Only enough ...
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Good datasets for intro CS courses?

What are engaging sources of data with which students can explore, develop questions, analyze, and draw conclusions in an intro CS course? I'm looking for flat files like XLSX or CSV, or relational ...
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Where can a student independently learn elementary recursion, preferably in Java?

Normally, Java 2 is a prerequisite for my Computer Architecture course. I gave permission to a strong student who has only taken Java 1 to take Computer Architecture, provided that she learn the ...
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How to teach a flipped course based on the AI MOOC?

I'd like to create a college-level AI course based on the famous AI MOOC created by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun. My reasoning is that I wouldn't be able to create lectures as good as theirs, ...
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Curriculum Design for a Unit on Alan Turing and His Impact on CS

At the end of the year, there is a gap between the AP Exam for AP Computer Science A and the last class meeting. Since students don't have to take a final after the AP Exam, there's not a lot of ...
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A quick ruby crash course

I have some students in highschool who already understand programming concepts (generally), and are fairly familiar with Python's syntax and logic, and have a beginning awareness of OOP in Python. I'd ...
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Undergrad level computer architecture course

Is there a good online course that covers computer architecture at an undergrad level? I just finished 8th grade. I know a bit about computer architecture and logic gates, but not a ton. I know the ...
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Deep Learning Teaching Resources

What would you recommend as the best resources for learning and teaching about Deep Learning? These could include tools (e.g. TensorFlow), tutorials, books (e.g. Deep Learning), MOOCs (e.g. Udacity's)...
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Learning about the Blockchain

Since this is a very hot topic, I would love to offer an elective in Blockchain technology next year (and possibly in cryptocurrencies as well). I know that my students are already very enthusiastic ...