Decker to present paper at ACM ITiCSE conference

Published June 5, 2020

Adrienne Decker, an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Education, is presenting a paper at ACM’s 25th annual conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE).


Adrienne Decker

The paper is entitled “Tools, Languages, and Environments Used in Primary and Secondary Computing Education,” and is co-authored by Monica McGill, associate professor of computer science at Knox College. It will be livestreamed for conference attendees at 9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. on June 17, 2020.

The paper reports on the various tools, languages, and environments (TLEs) that are used and studied in K-12 classrooms from the data stored in The analysis finds that there were 193 tools, languages, and environments identified across the 510 articles in the resource center. The most common TLEs for use with students are: Scratch, Java and AppInventor. The most common TLEs used for teacher professional development are: Scratch, CSUnplugged, and NetLogo. The paper sets the stage for creating a classification system for TLEs used in classrooms and for research.

ITiCSE is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the ACM Special Interest Group on Computing Education (SIGCSE), the ACM Europe Council, and Informatics Europe.  ITiCSE 2020 will take place in a virtual format hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Centre for Excellent IT Education (Excited). For more information, visit the conference website.