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Java Engagement for Teacher Training

Indiana University
November 5 - 6, 2004

Here's a video clip of Doug Hofstadter's talk.

The workshop was a great success! Consult the schedule of events for more information about what took place. We'll post a full report here shortly, with photos and video from the workshop. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or you'd like to share your opinions or impressions of the workshop with us.

The new Just Be website is up and running. If you are interested in hosting a Just Be presentation at your high school, please contact Katie Siek (ksiek@cs.indiana.edu) or Amanda Stephano (alstepha@indiana.edu) to set up a visit.

The department of Computer Science at Indiana University (IU), in collaboration with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the College Board (CB), is pleased to invite you to a two-day workshop on November 5th and 6th in Bloomington, Indiana.

Our primary aim is to help high school educators learn object-oriented programming and Java. Other objectives include:

All lesson materials will be given freely for reuse in the attendee's high school curriculum.

Our special guest speaker is Douglas Hofstadter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid and College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science.

This workshop is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Department of Computer Science, the School of Informatics, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Women's Affairs, and the Information Systems Department.

Additional materials provided by:                


Hotel & Transportation

Hotel information

Here's a list of some suggested hotels in the area:

You can also look for rooms at Yahoo Travel where you can search by city for hotels with vacancies.

Check the events calendar for what else is happening in Bloomington on Nov 5 - 6.

Before you pack, check out the local weather.

Travel by air

Fly into Indianapolis International Airport, not directly to Bloomington. To get to Bloomington from the airport, you can:

Travel by car

Here are some directions to the IMU, at the heart of campus. We suggest you also consult Mapquest. Here is a map of the city and a map of campus. There is a parking deck on the corner of Atwater and Woodlawn called the Atwater Garage, which is only a short walk to the Computer Science department in Lindley Hall. Parking is free on Saturday.



This is a tentative schedule and subject to change so check back often. The schedule was last updated November 2, 2004. All sessions meet in Lindley Hall (LH).

Friday, November 5

Saturday, November 6

For more detailed scheduling information, including all room assignments, instructor and assistant information, and links to session materials, see http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~jett/schedule.html.


For dinner on Friday, there is a large selection of nearby places to eat. Fourth Street offers a variety of good, but informal, restaurants: The Siam House (Thai), Puccini's (Italian), Red Sea (Eritrean), Casablanca (Moroccan). Inexpensive student fare can be found in abundance on Kirkwood. If you're in the mood for Indian food, try Shanti at 221 E. Kirkwood.

There are two Tibetan restaurants on Grant Street, Cafe D'Jango and The Snow Lion.

Starbucks is between Fourth and Kirkwood on Indiana Ave, right across from Bryan Hall. There are also several local coffee shops scattered in the area. Bloomington Bagel is on Dunn St, between 3rd and 4th.

Further west (about four more blocks) is downtown Bloomington. Around the courthouse square there is The Malibu Grill (American), Samira (Afghani), and The Bakehouse, a world-class bakery (also serves sandwiches).

This map shows the portion of Fourth and Kirkwood streets close to the university. The restaurants start one block off the map towards the west.


Contact Information

General questions

Suzanne Menzel
Department of Computer Science
(812) 855-0778

Planning committee

Katy Börner
School of Library and Information Science, and
School of Informatics
(812) 855-3256

Adrian German
Department of Computer Science
(812) 855-7860

Katie A. Siek
Department of Computer Science
(812) 855-8992

Beth Plale
Department of Computer Science
(812) 855-4373

Arijit Sengupta
Kelley School of Business
(812) 855-2736

Raja Sooriamurthi
Kelley School of Business
(812) 855-4254

Eric Wernert
Department of Computer Science
(812) 855-4254



K-12 Teacher Resources

AP Teacher Resources

Women in Computing

Java Resources




We wish to extend our deepest appreciation to our sponsors:


We greatly appreciate the resources and assistance provided by the following:


We express our heartfelt thanks to those many individuals who gave of themselves to help make this endeavor a success. In particular, we wish to thank our graduate representatives, Sid Stamm and Katie Siek, for their boundless energy, creative ideas, and prodigious organization skills. The lab sessions would be chaos if not for the kind assistance provided by our many student volunteers:

Darren Abramson Lindsay Beigle Diane Cessna Elizabeth Cook
Joseph Cottam Kelly Gallagher Carrie Ganote Stephanie Gato
Kelly Hanna Laura Northrup Lindsay Patterson Rob Signorelli
Tonya Stroman Kyle Wittstein

Last updated November 7, 2004 by Suzanne Menzel.