I just finished the first activity in App Exploration. I feel like the instructions assume our students know what is meant by the “sorting, matching, or counting” method. This should be clarified ahead of time as I don’t even know what those methods mean. Could this activity guide include some explicit instruction as to what these methods are and how a computer uses each type of method? Like, at least give an example or refer back to the card sort activity which I assume demonstrates “sorting.” Or perhaps that lesson (card sorting) could be expanded and include two additional card activities that would demonstrate “matching” and “counting” methods.
Also, in the reflect step of “Ring Silencer” I got more discussion out of asking "Based on the worksheet’s improvement suggestion (only turning off the ringer when the user is silent and not moving) what new problems would be created?
We then were able to think about actual problems the suggested improvement would create–i.e., the phone not being silenced if you got up for a group activity, were at recess, were at lunch, went to the restroom, etc.
That in turn created discussion about how we could address the new problems (for example setting the hours, or entering a schedule of classes)