Workshops

Experience Computer Science in a Fun and Engaging Way

Why Oracle Academy Workshops?

Oracle Academy Workshops are designed to make first experiences with computing fun and engaging, while still leveraging best academic curriculum practices like project-based learning and offering educators methods for assessment.

Oracle Academy Workshops are best used by educators in one of three ways:

  1. to introduce students, including students as young as late primary school ages, to computer science in a fun and engaging way;
  2. to incorporate exposure to computer science into the teaching of other academic disciplines; and
  3. to offer a limited introduction to computer science to students via extra-curricular programs and/or workshop experiences.

Oracle Academy Workshops and related educator training are available to Individual and Institutional members.


Oracle Academy Workshops are also available to Individual and Institutional members in Workshop in a Box formats to facilitate the delivery of introductory computer science workshops by parents, volunteers, computer club sponsors and educators who may not specialize in teaching computer science.


  • Getting Started with Java Using Alice

    This workshop is designed for students with little or no programming experience and teaches basic Java programming concepts through developing 3-D Animations in Alice 3.1. Alice is a free, educational, introductory Java development environment created at Carnegie Mellon University. While it is suitable for all beginning learners, it can be especially engaging for girls. Students will have fun creating animated stories and games using objects and characters from a rich gallery of 3-D models.

    The Alice platform is currently supported in 24 languages, including English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

    • Target Audiences

      Educators

      • Secondary school teachers who teach computer programming
      • Secondary school teachers who seek to incorporate computing into their curriculum and awaken students’ interest in computer science
      • May also be suitable for upper-primary school teachers, club leaders, and other general educators who wish to incorporate computer science into their curriculum


      Students

      • Students who wish to begin to learn about object-oriented programming and Java and to learn how to create animations using fun and engaging tools
      • While Alice is suitable for beginning learners of any age, our experience shows it is most engaging for upper primary and early secondary school students


      Others

      • Parents, volunteers, computer club sponsors and educators who may not specialize in teaching computer science who wish to deliver a workshop in their community
      • Learn about Alice Workshops in a Box
    • Educator Prerequisites

      • None
    • Duration

      • Recommended classroom instruction time: up to 8 hours
      • Professional education credit hours for educators who complete Oracle Academy training: 8
    • Suggested Next Courses

      • Oracle Academy Workshop: Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot
      • Oracle Academy Course: Java Fundamentals
  • Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot

    This workshop engages students who understand basic programming concepts to create 2-D games using Java. Greenfoot is a free educational Java development environment (JDE) created at the University of Kent. Students will learn detailed object-oriented programming terminology and concepts while creating 2-D games in a fun and interactive environment.

    • Target Audiences

      Educators

      • Secondary school teachers who teach computer programming
      • Secondary school teachers who seek to incorporate computing into their curriculum and awaken students’ interest in computer science
      • May also be suitable for club leaders and other general educators who wish to incorporate computer science into their curriculum


      Students

      • Students who wish start or further their Java programming experience and learn how to create 2-D games in a fun and interactive environment
      • While Greenfoot is suitable for beginning learners, our experience shows it is most engaging for secondary school and early post-secondary students


      Others

    • Educator Prerequisites

      Required

      • Basic understanding of at least one programming language


      Suggested

      • Oracle Academy Workshop: Getting Started with Java Using Alice
    • Duration

      • Recommended classroom instruction time: up to 16 hours
      • Professional education credit hours for educators who complete Oracle Academy training: 16
    • Suggested Next Courses

      • Oracle Academy Course: Java Fundamentals

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