'15-'16 Practice PT-- Encode an Experince

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I had a ball creating my components for representing piano music. It made me look at the piano in a totally different way. I think the format of the lesson will truly help the student get ready for the AP assessments down the road as they have to work with peer reviews, record their thoughts in words, represent them in charts, and best of all create a solution from their own prior knowledge !

I choose a diagram of a vehicle and I encoded the different parts of Vehicle. This project is going to be a great challenge for the students because they have to develop a “ tree of abstractions” for a real-world object, create the encoding of the visual representation of the object and reflect on what they have learned.

My project had to do with cookies. I think that after I spend more time going through the activities with my students, the abstractions I develop will improve.

I had trouble with this project and it scares me. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the abstraction. I think my students will have issues too but I’m hoping that after I go through the other lessons more thoroughly, I will understand it better and be able to explain it to my students when we get there.

I agree with ‘ tschlotterback’; I had a
hard time wrapping my head around this unit. I also agree that if I go over the
previous units a bit more carefully and meticulously, I should be fine. I would
like to see some of my colleagues work
on how they handle this particle unit.

I chose a clothing store because I love to shop for clothes. :blush:
I started out thinking of the various items to be sold in a store, online or using a mobile app. I only went as far as a high level view of the items. I think as I go through the other lessons and become comfortable with them I will also become more creative. I think this year will be challenging AND fun.

I chose a gym for my thing. It was quite a challenge to think of how to break down the gym into sub-components of sub-components. This will also be quite a challenge for my students to try to visualize the different levels of abstraction.

I am not getting this final lesson. Need help. I think I will get it when I am going to work on it with students. I am tired now. These are way too many lessons to go over.

This was hard to do for me. It was challenging. I choose a Logo for our Ranch, thinking it would concept I understood. The logo included combination of a Letter and two identical graphic, just flipped. It pair of wings. I believe I will understand it better after going each lessen with students and slower pace and more time. I sure I will need a lot help. However, I am excited for this course and assignments.

i am not certain i am following the parameters of this assignment. before I complete all the encoding for the icon, i plan to complete the widgets in studio.code.org. it is fun, but can become tedious and thus i might start with a smaller 15 minute assignment that can be completed and journaled identifying the students procedure for design and construction the product.

I took a simple classical piano piece by Beethoven called Fur Else and broken it down into sections.
I did a dictionary of the sections and came up with a basic pattern of

AABBCADAEAABBF I noticed that there is a structural pattern of AABB which begins and ends the piece.

Within each section I also noticed patterns which could be written with small letters to build the larger sections.
From this task I determined there are many ways to break down music into a code. And written music itself is already a “coded” language for sounds.

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I tried to set up a system to encode the tastes of different recipes using the values or Sweet/Salty/Sour/Bitter. This is as far as I got on my write-up:

Description of Encoding:
This is my attempt to encode the taste of foods. People could use this encoding to find recipes that they will like. It is based on the fact that we taste only four tastes and that it’s the combination of the four that gives us the wide variety of flavors. The four tastes are: Sweet, Salty Sour, and Bitter. Each recipe encoded can have to 127 ingredients. Each ingredient has a number that’s the percent of the total recipe (for balancing the tastes). Each tastePixel is a combination of the four different tastes. To calculate the taste of the food you take all the tastes from each ingredient multiply them by the percentOfRecipe value for that ingredient and then add them up. The result will be a combination of Sweet/Salty/Sour/Bitter and allow a person to look for recipes with similar characteristics.

Here’s a picture of my tables:

This is going to be a challenge for my students! I had a hard time getting started.


I also had some trouble wrapping my brain around the idea, and students will too. To some extent I like that though. It really sets them up for the AP tasks later in the year and the students need practice at these types of tasks.

For me, the hour was enough to come up with the protocol/ idea but not enough for an artifact or concrete item to share out. I do think that if students have trouble coming up with ideas it would be good to have that part scaffolded in some way. There are many students who would take so long with coming up with the “perfect” idea that I think they could really get bogged down.

I agree with grl6487 in that this will probably make more sense to me and will be “solidified” for me after teaching all the previous lessons. I did something similar to khardy using musical patterns and compressing the music by recognizing patterns. I really appreciate schmidt’s idea and posting as it helps solidfy understanding and is a great example!

Many thanks to khardy and gjschmidt for posting their examples!

I went about it a similar way to you, George. I will have my students copy the Image/Pixel tables from the Google Doc into their own as I did, and then modify it to fit their project. I have been trying my hand at making my own sausage recently, and below is what I came up with.

Interesting that you put 7 bits for your number components, when the example had them as 8. I think you are strictly correct here, George. I’m leaving mine as is for now. I wonder if/how to cover the 7 vs 8 bit issue beforehand or as students work on this, and how much input to give them on naming conventions etc.

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I think I overwhelmed myself in the beginning, but seeing other’s responses and using the charts from the google doc helped. I choose a scrapbook since I am interested in that. After having a bit of difficulty with main table, it did get easier when I saw that one component (pictures) led to the image and pixel element tables that were already constructed. I think the first time around this might present a challenge for some students.

Is the Peer Consulting Process used in this assignment something they can use in their Final PTs?

Really glad people showing examples. Will definitely need to show kids some examples…the abstraction may be difficult for some.