11 students, 9-12th Grades with little experience in CS.
U3L01 - Programming for Entertainment
This was a good starter for the Unit/Chapter to get students thinking about everything that computers and programming influences. The “popcorn” of moving around the room and having students call out some forms of entertainment and how computer science plays a role was good - but I only had 10 that day (1 absent), so in a bigger class I’d have smaller groups or tables discuss and then come back to share out partner's answers.
The researching CS in Entertainment section hit a snag when a few of the websites were blocked, but I felt that the students had access to the entire internet and we had just shared as a group some topics so students researched and wrote down answers on the Google Doc and turned in via Google Classroom.
The journal prompt was a little out there, students not having a good grasp of how to build apps and didn’t want to set sights too high (like with the Web Lab), but a lot of them were reminded of their proposed app from Unit 1 and wanted to revisit that, making connections.