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Free Webcast Delivers Alice Knowledge to Educators

Denise Hobbs
Regional Director, North America

What more engaging way to introduce students to object-oriented programming than through the innovative Alice platform? More than 120 educators enrolled to attend a free webcast, Oracle Academy Presents: Get Your Students Started in Programming Using Alice, on January 9, 2018.

Alice is an innovative block-based educational Java programming environment, developed at Carnegie Mellon University, that makes it easy to create 3D animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games. Based on the Lewis Carroll characters from the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Alice motivates learning through creative exploration and teaches logical and computational thinking skills and fundamental principles of programming. It can be used to teach object-oriented programming to students of all ages.

The webcast offered a live demo of Alice world, sample projects, and information about fun ways to use Alice to get students started in object-oriented programming, and directed attendees to free Oracle Academy resources using Alice.

The webcast was presented by The Alice Project director and expert Eric Brown. Brown’s previous work includes co-founding ImpactGames to influence society and promote change through interactive media. Toward this end, ImpactGames developed PeaceMaker, a video game simulation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to promote dialogue and understanding. Brown was listed among “100 Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World” in Newsweek Japan. He holds a Masters of Entertainment Technology degree from Carnegie Mellon University and received a BFA in painting with focused studies in education and computer graphics from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

The Oracle Academy workshop Getting Started with Java Using Alice teaches students with little or no programming experience basic Java concepts through development of 3-D animations in Alice 3.1. While it is suitable for all beginning learners, it can be especially engaging for girls. Students have fun creating animated stories and games using objects and characters from a rich gallery of 3-D models.

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

If you didn’t have a chance to attend, access the webcast here.

Learn more about the Oracle Academy workshop Getting Started with Java Using Alice.

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