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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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Datacom generosity in support of Teachers learning Programming

I just spent the last two days teaching 16 Teachers from around New Zealand  NCEA Level 1 programming.  We had the added complication of also teaching them how to program in Python(an open source programming language) – many doing programming … Continue reading

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Programming Misconceptions 2

If we are teaching programming at Year 9 or 10 it is important in my view that we identify general and language specific misconceptions as early as possible, potentially even at primary school. With regard to Python I see student … Continue reading

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Programming Misconceptions

Students often confuse assignment statements and comparison statements in Python.  (= verses ==). They often get variables and constants mixed up especially in languages that rely on convention to declare constants. Variables themselves can be a challenge! (Although there has been … Continue reading

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Snakes and Ladders to teach programming

Teaching students programming concepts such as sequence, selection and iteration can be quite challenging. One approach I tried was to have students play Snakes and Ladders (Yes I actually have 10 sets) and discuss examples of sequence (whose turn), selection … Continue reading

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echo ‘<img source=“ ‘ . $dir_name . ‘/’ . $file . ‘ ”/>’ ; One of my students spent quite a lot of time finding out why the above PHP code did not work. Actually it took me awhile also… even though … Continue reading

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