Wednesday, September 9, 2015

CS50xCedarville Week 2

In week 2 most of our class time was spent on

1) Installing the appliance
Hello, world – After installing the appliance we setup Dropbox and wrote our first C code.
I did this to show students the real code and syntax we would be moving towards.
I also wanted students to know why we downloaded the appliance. This approach also gave me the opportunity to work with students that were not as comfortable and send students more comfortable straight to Scratch after making their computers say Hello, world.
Tip: I found that students named pset1: Pset1 and PSET1 this lead to a discussion regarding #casematters. Just getting into the correct directory was an issue for some students. Then some students named hello.c: Hello.c and HELLO.c and that was once again an opportunity to show where we needed to be precise. Next time, although teachable moments, I would indicate to use lower case in the naming.

Common error: even after telling students that stdio was short for standard i/o many students typed studio.h so look for that error as you are helping students troubleshoot

2) Working on Scratch projects
Students needed more time on this, I allowed 4 class periods which was approx. 3 hours but many students do not have Internet at home and were not finished. I had them share their project asking that it met the minimum requirements and I’m making it a Brain Break for the remaining of the quarter where students can work on Scratch if they finish the assigned task. I’ve offered bonus points to individuals that go back and continue to enhance their Scratch projects as we move forward. Some students are working on Choose Your Own Adventure style games.
See example:

TechnoMonsters: creating expectations on myself
On day 10 I cut the party music before the bell and students commented, don’t we get music today?  I feel sorry for the sub should I ever need one. With that said, I have a play list started and don’t worry, on day 10 I switched to the White and Nerdy video by Weird Al and they enjoyed that just as much if not more.  I included the playlist below but note…I’ve not shown the videos of these except for the Lexus Hoverboard, White & Nerdy, and CS50 Week 0.  The others played music only.

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