A busy, awesome week...
Today was great! 6th grade students are working on keeping score with their random coin flip, 7th grade students are cleaning up their coin flip games, and 8th grader are 3 days into a self-choice project. I had a lot of time to answer individual questions and help debug programs today. I overheard some great quotes...
"This is a long thinking process."
"That was the most funnest class I've ever had, besides Pong."
"Mr. Hartman, I don't think Scratch inputs are still case sensitive." I did not realize this, what great awareness by a student to point it out.
"Mine [coin flip game] works perfectly, every time. I'm so proud of myself."
Last night I built some example projects for students to reference - linear projectile motion, vertical jumping, platformer jumping, and a high score table. Next is getting a ball to move in a parabolic arc like you'd see in volleyball. One student volunteered to figure this out for me. I can't wait!
Example projects and student projects will be posted here.
Some thoughts before I lose them.
1) Friday was a mess. Don't ever have 120 students turn in projects on the same day.
2) Some of the SCRATCH pong projects were incredible. I handed out a rubric that clearly stated, "What 3 things have you added to your project which were not covered in class?" Many students read that, did nothing about it, then admitted to adding nothing. I'll never understanding not following a rubric.
3) Today, my 6th and 7th grade classes started a coin flip project. Step 1 - alternating sides. Step 2 - using "random" numbers to generate fair and unfair outcomes. Step 3 - tricking the viewer into seeing the flip of the coin. Students are beginning to ask, "How do I get it to stop on one of the flat sides." This is exactly what we cover tomorrow. I love when students know where we're going.
4) 8th grade is looking into CodeHS.com as a possible research to bridge SCRATCH and actual JAVA programming. Those daggum ( ) and ;'s