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Title: Visualizing Live Collaboration in the Classroom with AMOEBA
Authors: Berland, Matthew
Smith, Carmen Petrick
Davis, Don
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Berland, M., Smith, C. P., & Davis, D. (2013). Visualizing Live Collaboration in the Classroom with AMOEBA. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 2 — Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demos & Community Events (pp. 2-5). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Collaboration in computer science class is vital for supporting novices, but few tools support substantive collaboration during in-class programming. In this work, we describe the implementation of AMOEBA a new system that helps computer science instructors support student collaboration through live visualization of similarities in students' programs. We explore a single, 40-minute session of students learning to program for the first time. In that session, the teacher used AMOEBA to pair up students with similar programs to work together successfully; paired students' programs both became more similar to their partner and, on average, scored more goals. We then discuss implications and future directions for AMOEBA, including ways that it could be adapted to better support collaboration.
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