I started the Create Task recently and I have a feeling my students are very unaccustomed to creating algorithms in the absence of guidance. I feel they’ve become too dependent on being walked through everything step-by-step, and I’m sure a lot of their lack of practice is due to my not holding them accountable while they just click through the assignments when the going gets tough.
Anyhow, I thought I’d try some last-minute less-guidance (or no-guidance) practice.
I created an assignment on App Lab with 3 simple tasks. They’re simple, but I have a feeling a lot of my students will get stuck, simply because of things like they are not told to create a variable when one is needed.
Okay, the assignment is basically nearly identical to the first few code.org App Lab lessons about variables.
Here are my directions to students:
- Access the assignment in App Lab via the link: https://studio.code.org/projects/applab/VtuLy7uOf-_IUmgmZqjdGQ
- Click the “View Code” button
- Click the “Remix” button
- Do the 3 tasks given in the code section
- To submit, click “Share”, then copy the link and submit it to me via (whatever your preferred method as a teacher).
I stole the idea of giving assignments/assessments as an app remix from someone - sorry, I forgot who.
If anyone else uses this, I’d love feedback on how it can be improved.
(Update: See a couple posts down for a few more problems I posted)