Conference registration (which includes an afternoon community session on Sunday, July 12, Monday night’s event at UT Dallas and all general and plenary sessions on Tuesday, July 14) is $100 if you register by April 15. 

From April 16-June 26 the price is $150 and after that the price goes up to $225. 

Workshops are a separate price, and this year we have expanded our offering to include some on Sunday, as well as Monday. The price for workshops is $100 for the first one, and then $50 for each additional workshop (maximum number of three). 

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Tuesday, July 14 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Blocks-based Programming Environments – A Toolbox for Many Occasions

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Blocks-based programming environments abound in today’s computer science education
ecosystem. This session will examine four such environments developed at the MIT
Center for Mobile Learning that share much common heritage and some common
features, and yet are specialized for different purposes and learning outcomes. The
presenters will compare and contrast MIT App Inventor, GameBlox, TaleBlazer, and
StarLogo Nova, four unique blocks-based programming environments that allow:
Android app development, web-based game development, mobile device locative
augmented reality game building, and 3-D multi-agent simulation or game building,
respectively. Each environment is informed by a rich history of computer science
education going back to Logo and beyond, in which relative novices to programming are
empowered to quickly make personally meaningful artifacts. However, each environment
has also been carefully crafted to serve a specific purpose that is distinct from the other
environments to be presented.


Paul Medlock-Walton

Paul Medlock-Walton is a research specialist at the MIT Education Arcade and leads the development team of Gameblox. His work has focused on building blocks based programming environments that make it easier for users to create digital experiences, and researching what students learn... Read More →

Judy Perry

No bio provided. 

Josh Sheldon

Josh Sheldon is an educational technologist who has worked for more than 15 years at the intersection of science, technology, and learning. A former middle and high school teacher, he has worked for a Nobel Peace Prize winning human rights organization and on award-winning early online... Read More →

Daniel Wendel

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Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
St. Genevieve

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