Using a Barrel of Monkeys in Computer Science

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Conference Proceeding

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Publication Title

35th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings

Conference Name

35th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Pedagogies and Technologies for the Emerging Global Economy


The use of tangible models in the classroom (at all levels of instruction) is incredibly common; CS instruction is no exception. In this report, we discuss experiences in using the common Barrel of Monkeysreg toy to teach concepts related to dynamically allocated linked lists. Points of emphasis include pointer vs. object distinctions, copies of pointers, list manipulation algorithms, memory allocation and leaks, and classroom presentation tips


Print ISSN: 0190-5848

Electronic ISSN: 2377-634X

Print ISBN: 0-7803-9077-6

DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2005.1612130

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© Copyright 2005 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.