Enabling Collaboration and Tinkering: A Version Control System for Block-based Languages
by Michaeli, Tilman, Seegerer, Stefan and Romeike, Ralf
Abstract:
Version control systems are essential for coordinating teamwork when working in projects. They support computational thinking approaches such as collaboration and tinkering. Yet, when using block-based languages, which are an excellent choice for novice programmers, there is no adequate solution that allows this form of collaboration. This paper presents a concept for a simple and easy to use web-based version control system as well as an exemplary implementation for the popular language Snap!. This concept is based on an analysis of existing version control systems and their use in Computer Science Education. Furthermore, possible use cases for such a version control system in classroom environments will be outlined.
Reference:
Michaeli, Tilman, Seegerer, Stefan and Romeike, Ralf: Enabling Collaboration and Tinkering: A Version Control System for Block-based Languages, In: Valentina Dagienė Eglė Jasutė (ed.): Constructionism 2018: Constructionism, Computational Thinking and Educational Innovation: conference proceedings, 2018.
Bibtex Code:
@inproceedings{michaeli18,
 abstract = {Version control systems are essential for coordinating teamwork when working in projects. They support
computational thinking approaches such as collaboration and tinkering. Yet, when using block-based
languages, which are an excellent choice for novice programmers, there is no adequate solution that
allows this form of collaboration. This paper presents a concept for a simple and easy to use web-based
version control system as well as an exemplary implementation for the popular language Snap!. This
concept is based on an analysis of existing version control systems and their use in Computer Science
Education. Furthermore, possible use cases for such a version control system in classroom
environments will be outlined.<br},
 author = {Michaeli, Tilman and Seegerer, Stefan and Romeike, Ralf},
 booktitle = {Constructionism 2018: Constructionism, Computational Thinking and Educational Innovation: conference proceedings},
 date = {2018-08-20/2018-08-25},
 editor = {Valentina Dagienė
Eglė Jasutė},
 faupublication = {yes},
 isbn = {978-609-95760-1-5},
 keywords = {version control system; block-based languages; Snap!; computational thinking; collaboration; tinkering},
 pages = {395-403},
 peerreviewed = {Yes},
 title = {{Enabling} {Collaboration} and {Tinkering}: {A} {Version} {Control} {System} for {Block}-based {Languages}},
 url = {https://www.computingeducation.de/pub/2018_Michaeli-Seegerer-Romeike_CONSTRUCTIONISM18.pdf},
 venue = {Vilnius},
 year = {2018}
}

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