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Why was six afraid of seven?

Because seven is a registered six offender. Used by Year 11 student as a joke… revealed with provision of username and password as part of a programming exercise. The class thought it was pretty funny… and a fairly interesting exercise in … Continue reading

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Persistence and systematic problem solving required for programmers

The code below was expected to generate the above example of using an image as background to a window. It didn’t. And after a couple of hours I only just got it working. The problem was largely the development environment … Continue reading

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Datacom hosts Level 2 Programming course

I spent part of the school holidays at Datacom, Wellington, teaching teachers how to teach Level 2 programming using Python (both technical and pedagogical aspects). As a follow on to the course, participants have access to technical support, advice and moderation (at … Continue reading

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Lamenting poor Maths skills at all Year levels

I asked Year 10 students to complete a simple introductory exercise in Scratch requiring them to draw their initials on a standard (x,y) grid (simple coordinate geometry). Quite a few struggled with this exercise – even when I provided them a … Continue reading

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Flappy Birds – learning to code

/studio.code.org/c/205556489 I decided to give Year 9 students a fun introduction to programming. The exercise involved building a flappy birds game and then playing it either via desktop or mobile phone. Try it… (game built by Harriette B) This was a … Continue reading

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Am I fair?

I like to be fair and perceived as fair with my students. I even roll a dice to see who gets to answer the questions (with an option to nominate). Following a programming assessment (Year 10) I asked students if … Continue reading

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How hard did you find programming and did you learn anything?

I just finished teaching and assessing programming using Scratch in my Year 10 class. The higher the mark the better. Somewhat gratifying that they all considered they learned something. I shared the results with the students noting the lovely bell curve in the … Continue reading

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