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Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape
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Computer Science for Fun in the Western Cape

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A Google funded project to try to find ways to make computer science interesting and fun to high school learners. Makes use of the SCNS website and radio network, as well as MXit, Chsisimba and Google …

A Google funded project to try to find ways to make computer science interesting and fun to high school learners. Makes use of the SCNS website and radio network, as well as MXit, Chsisimba and Google Talk

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  • 1. Making Computer Science fun for teachers and learners in Western Cape High Schools Prof Derek W. Keats Deputy Vice Chancellor (Knowledge & Information Management) The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg http://kim.wits.ac.za [email_address] The University of the Western Cape
  • 2. Context is important South Africa Western Cape Univ Western Cape Poverty is a majority phenomenon
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  • 5. http://scns.uwc.ac.za
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  • 12. <ul><li>a free instant messaging software application developed in South Africa that runs on GPRS/3G mobile phones with java support
  • 13. widely popular among youth
  • 14. Highly available due to high cellphone use among young people
  • 15. XMPP based </li></ul>
  • 16. Drug Advice Services Chisimba MXit Google Talk Service : 3-5pm daily, expanded to 3-7 pm due to demand
  • 17. Project A proof of concept with 1-3 schools that are part of the SCNS project to participate in an online CS4Fun competition as a means to develop interest in computer science among high school learners
  • 18. Components <ul><li>CS4Fn type magazine articles on the site </li><ul><li>Authored by CS students at UWC </li></ul><li>Problem solving puzzles </li><ul><li>Solvable using cell phone (MXIT) </li></ul><li>Develop an AI bot using AIML editor </li><ul><li>Built on Chisimba, MXIT, Google Talk
  • 19. Talk via cell phone (MXIT)
  • 20. Create a bot editor (AIML editor) for the learners to use to create their bot </li></ul></ul>
  • 21. Example
  • 22. Your own intelligent bot <ul><li>Study the basics of AIML
  • 23. Create an AIML file and load it into the bot via a web interface
  • 24. Chat with the bot via a web interface and improve on it by iteratively changing the AIML
  • 25. Chat to the bot using MXit </li></ul>
  • 26. Attribution file: http://www.dkeats.com/usrfiles/users/ 1563080430/attribution/attrib.txt

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