January 9, 2006

WNCC Computer Tech Department Bringing Alice to School

Learning to program a computer is challenging. Alice makes it easier. Alice, a groundbreaking teaching tool, is a new technology being offered in Western Nevada Community College computer information classes this spring.

"We are excited to show people what Alice is all about," Computer Technology Instructor Michael Long said. "Alice makes learning the basics of computer programming fun and intuitive."

Alice, developed by Carnegie Mellon University, allows even novice students to develop animated, interactive 3-D programs. By offering storytelling, Alice makes it fun and easy to create programs. Rather than having to type commands, students can drag and drop words in a direct manipulation that ensures well-formed programs.

This new tool should help students taking Introduction to Programming (CIT 129, Call #12431, Sec. WO1), a language-independent class on computer program design and development. This three-credit Internet class emphasizes identification and solution of business problems through various design tools. Cost is $164.25.

"Alice will help students to learn the basics faster, allowing us to cover more ground in the beginning classes," Long said. "We can then move on to more advanced teaching concepts in the later classes."

Sign up for computer programming and see what Alice can do for you. Classes begin January 23. For more information, visit www.wnc.edu or call 775-445-3000.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu

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