[AISWorld] The International Journal of People-Oriented Programming has just published its latest article, and second CFP

Steven Goschnick sgoschnick at swin.edu.au
Tue Aug 1 21:14:00 EDT 2017

Hi all,

The International Journal of People-Oriented Programming has just published its latest article:

Wolfram Language for Teaching Computational Thinking to K-12 Learners
Gamble, A.
DOI: 10.4018/IJPOP.2017010103<https://www.igi-global.com/article/wolfram-language-for-teaching-computational-thinking-to-k-12-learners/184772>
Computational thinking is a necessary skill, but developing it among young learners can be a difficult process. Wolfram Research, known in part for its accessible Wolfram Language and complex computational tool Mathematica, has recently developed new initiatives for introducing computational thinking to novice learners. These tools help make computational thinking accessible to students across the K12 curriculum.

Keywords: computational thinking, K-12 education, novice learners, open source software, programming

Also note:

2nd Call for Papers

International Journal of People-Oriented Programming (IJPOP)

Special Issue On: Coding with the Raspberry Pi

Submission Due Date
31 Aug 2017

Guest Editors
Steve Goschnick & (Guest Editor) Christine Sun

The unassuming Raspberry Pi, an inexpensive credit-card sized computer, was awarded the UK’s highest engineering accolade last month  - the Royal Academy of Engineering's MacRobert Prize ( http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40444356 ). It has clocked up over 14 million sales since launch in 2012, making it the third best selling general purpose computer of all time. The Raspberry Pi Foundation, a non-profit, designed the small but versatile marvel with the joint aims of teaching Computer Science to a new generation of students, whilst also servicing a growing cohort of startups and digital makers in prototyping their heavily divergent technical dreams.

The latest version - Model 3, with integrated WiFi and Bluetooth - launched in early 2016, is the most popular so far, perhaps following a pattern of Version 3 maturity touching the spot (e.g. Windows V3; iMac). There have been several public ponderings as to whether the Raspberry Pi has become disruptive (e.g. OReilly Podcast, 2016). Two of the largest players in the industry, Microsoft and Google, have launched respective IoT (Internet of Things) products that target it in recent times, namely: Windows 10 IoT Core and the Android Things (Google’s IoT platform). That makes it plain and simple: the Raspberry Pi has become disruptive in the IoT space at the very least - nothing less warrants that sort of high-profile attention.

Recommended Topics
Our interest in the Pi for this Special Issue is in the other main part of the original goal: how has the Raspberry Pi been travelling with regard to teaching and related research, in particular with respect to bringing programming to a new and more diverse generation. We are seeking papers around coding on the Raspberry Pi, including but not limited to the following topics and questions:

* Usage of Python, Scratch, BlueJ, Greenfoot, the Wolfram Language or other programming languages and environments, in introducing young students to coding.
* Innovative use of project-based learning that utilise the GPIO and other interfaces to the wider world, that broaden the usefulness of coding to a larger percentage of students.
* How well have novices to coding been facilitated by the Raspberry Pi (and the related community) thus far?
* To a new generation whose first (and perhaps main) contact with a computer is a smartphone and/or tablet, has the Raspberry Pi helped close the conceptual gap between the thin black-box beneath the gorilla glass, and how one constructs and programs a personal computer?
* Has the novice coder client become secondary to a runaway cohort of digital makers and startups stepping up demand for the Raspberry Pi, taking it from prototyping tool to production tool?
* When and why does a coder become a maker or a student become an entrepreneur?
* Has the Raspberry Pi helped to take an appreciation of coding beyond Computer Science, into other areas of the school curriculum – Music, Science, the Arts?
* University experience with digital innovation spaces associated/hosting Raspberry JAMs.
* Library experiences with makerspaces and the Raspberry Pi.
* Raspberry Pi and Robotics.
* Is early training on the Raspberry Pi in school leading to a rush of enrolments of undergraduates that will fill gaps in ICT employment?
* Experiences with CodeDojos using the Raspberry Pi. (n.b. the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the CodeDojo Foundation joined forces recently)
* Any research, case study or teaching topic related to programming and the Raspberry Pi.

Some readings
* Website: Raspberry Pi - Teach, Learn and Make with the Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi Foundation (2017), https://www.raspberrypi.org<https://www.raspberrypi.org/>
* Podcast: The Raspberry Pi 3: Is it good enough? The Raspberry Pi is starting to look disruptive (2016), https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/the-raspberry-pi-3-is-it-good-enough?imm_mid=0e1bd2&cmp=em-iot-na-na-newsltr_20160317
* Article: Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform (2016), https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/13/google-launches-developer-preview-of-android-things-its-new-iot-platform/
* Article: How to Install Windows 10 IoT Core on the Raspberry Pi 3. https://www.windowscentral.com/how-install-windows-10-iot-raspberry-pi-3
* Article: The Raspberry Pi and CoderDojo join Forces (2017), May, 26th. https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-and-coderdojo-join-forces/"<https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-and-coderdojo-join-forces/>
* Posts: Wolfram Language and Mathematica for the Raspberry Pi. Accessed 2017, May, 31st. http://www.wolfram.com/raspberry-pi/?source=nav

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special issue on Coding with the Raspberry Pi on or before 31st August 2017. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Steve Goschnick & Dr Christine Sun
Editor and Guest Editor
International Journal of People-Oriented Programming (IJPOP)
E-mail: sgoschnick at swin.edu.au<mailto:sgoschnick at swin.edu.au>

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