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Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (JERIC), Volume 8 Issue 3, October 2008

Making it Real
Robert McCartney, Josh Tenenberg
Article No.: 7
DOI: 10.1145/1404935.1404936

Some have proposed that realistic problem situations are better for learning. This issue contains two articles that examine the effects of “making it real” in computer architecture and human-computer interaction.

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Context as Support for Learning Computer Organization
Allison Elliott Tew, Brian Dorn, William D. Leahy, Jr., Mark Guzdial
Article No.: 8
DOI: 10.1145/1404935.1404937

The ubiquity of personal computational devices in the lives of today's students presents a meaningful context for courses in computer organization beyond the general-purpose or imaginary processors routinely used. This article presents results of...

An HCI Approach to Computing in the Real World
Sarita Yardi, Pamela Krolikowski, Taneshia Marshall, Amy Bruckman
Article No.: 9
DOI: 10.1145/1404935.1404938

We describe the implementation of a six-week course to teach Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) to high school students. Our goal was to explore the potential of HCI in motivating students to pursue future studies in related computing fields....