PIXIE, a new visual programming environment and a web platform that helps teachers and students deepen Computational Thinking

Date

2015-04-17

Speaker

Luis Carbajosa Pérez

Abstract

PIXIE is a support system for teaching programming created from a standard system based on blocks of code called Blockly (developed by Google). On the one hand, PIXIE develops a whole ecosystem of academic management, courses, classes and teaching materials, all organized around a programming environment completely integrated. Through this system Blockly is extended to teach step by step new programming concepts to students through challenges and games designed by PIXIE educators. The system controls the progression of students, measures their progress, and automatically evaluates the results. Blockly extensions developed by PIXIE allows the conversion from a basic environment for generating fragments of JavaScript code based on blocks to a complete development environment with cutting edge features. PIXIE will also introduce children into the History of  Programming, and for that we bring the likes of Alan Turing and Seymour Papert and the problems encountered in developing their thinking.

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Author's Biography

Luis Carbajosa Pérez (URJC)

He is a Civil, Channels and Ports PIXIE by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and an MBA from the School of Industrial Organization, EOI. He began his professional career at Surge Hydraulic and Hydrological Studies Sl, where he developed models of hydraulic flow and participated in the development of operating rules for Spanish reservoirs and watersheds. He also developed a program for calculating delay parallelograms and flow to sewage networks. He has worked as Project Manager in Dragados, participating in the direction of some of the most important works of construction of Spain, as the enlargement of the Prado Museum, or enlargement of the Atocha station in Madrid. In 2014 founded the company PIXIE Code SL, where he is CEO, developing a new visual programming language and a web programming learning platform for children. He is currently Professor of Computer Programming at Aquinas American School of Madrid. In August 2014 he participated in the Scratch Conference at MIT Media Lab (Boston). He participates in the company of English Theater ACTion, with which he has developed courses of Theatre Techniques for Managers in collaboration with the School of Industrial Organization (EOI).

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