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Android-based Hands-on Labware for Computing Education

Kai Qian,Dan Lo(Southern Polytechnic State University 1100 South Marietta Parkway Marietta,GA 30060,USA) Yi Pan,Yanqing Zhang,Xiaolin Hu(Georgia State University 34 Peachtree Street,Suite 1440 Atlanta,GA 30302,USA) Minzhe Guo(School of Computing Sciences and Informatics University of Cincinnati Cincinnati,OH 45221,USA) Liang Hong(Tennessee State University 3500 John A Merritt Blvd Nashville,TN 37209,USA)  
In this paper,we address the need for better hands-on learning materials in computing education and the need for integrating mobile computing education into computing curricular.We propose an innovative learning approach that uses state-of-the-art mobile computing technologies and devices to design a highly accessible and real-world relevant hands-on labware for computing education.The labware employs a modular design such that the learning materials can both be combined together into a single course of mobile program development and be integrated into the related computing courses as building blocks.The labware will help students understand the concepts,improve their problem solving skills,and prepare them for the mobile computing industrial workforce.The pilot modules of the labware have been presented to undergraduate students and have received positive feedbacks.
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