I like the paper airplanes that we did in our summer PD. Kids will love to make and fly them. I would start just as we did with just giving directions to write down steps in making a paper airplane, then make them. The second set of directions should be a lot more detailed with the second airplane flying farther and better.
I am thinking about having groups of students write instructions for creating a Google plus page ( since facebook isn’t permitted). I will introduce it by presenting the following scenario, " You have just met a person who has awakened from a 20 year comma. They have minimal knowledge of using a computer. The individual wants to use social media to contact long lost family and friends. How would you write instructions so that the person can create a Google plus profile amd search for others?"
I think this would be a fun and engaging activity which promotes equity and cs content.
During the summer PD one of our instructors suggested giving instructions to a robot to pick up a piece of paper and throw it into the trash. I think I will try this idea this year.
I will have pairs of students write for the folding and flying of a paper airplane. Pairs exchange directions and attempt to build and fly plane. An alternate scenario would involve throwing a paper into a garbage can.
I would use turkey and mayo for the sandwich. Also, after doing this lesson with the students I would invite the principal and counselor into class and have the students observe them giving instructions and making the sandwich. This would be a fun way to demonstrate giving and receiving directions.
Because I know of a peanut allergy in my class I think I will go with the paper airplane idea. I also want the kids to explore a concept the TED speaker said about who gets be the one to decide where to draw the line between utility and maniac.
I really like the different ideas that he talked about in the lesson. The example about the customer service call was fascinating. So, I would just use the examples that he gave. I would love to have a bot who would prescribe the exact lessons I could give to my students that will meet their exact learning needs. I think this would be a very good utilization of an algorithm.
I think anything that would spread on the bread would serve just as well as peanut butter. The ideas is to try and communicate which is harder than it sounds. A lot of the issues in daily life and at the school are miscommunications.
I will also admit the TED Talk on big data it just scary.
What a great way to not only reinforce the importance of the lesson and help the administrator build relationships at the same time.
I actually taught this lesson this summer. I have also taught it in class several years ago when peanut butter was allowed in class (and the students were able to eat the results of their algorhythms). I substituted marshmellow cream for the peanut butter and used jellie and bread. You could substitute any food substance that had sticking ability…honey, almond butter, actual butter, etc. for the peanut butter. The substitution had no effect on the outcome. It is one of my favorite lessons!
Instead of a peanut butter & jelly activity, I would do an origami algorithm.
I really like the PB & J idea and will attempt this in my class. But I agree with what others have posted about maybe starting out slower like making the paper airplanes or directions to a specific location in the school.
I remember this lesson as it was executed well with the group that presented it. I too like the paper airplane idea. That would be my choice if I needed to avert food allergies.
The group that demo the lesson used applesauce if my class is small we will make turkey sandwich for lunch.
Instead of peanut butter, i can use ham or turkey or applesauce like the group that demo the lesson used.
Bots, which are programs that operate as agents for a user often simulate human activity and even human judgement. They can be of inestimable value in terms of utilization of information (data). We use them and must always be cognizant of their power.
As a science teacher I do this lesson every year as a demonstration of how to write procedures and the students love it! The sillier you can be the better. Making a sandwich is an entry point all of my students can access. The one year I did have a nut allergy in the class I substituted marshmallow fluff for the peanut butter. I really like the idea of doing the paper plane instructions and having students trade. I would use it as an extension rather than a substitute, as the sandwich activity is such a hit.
I think the kids would want to know about the purity of the water they are in comparison to the buildings around. If I do this then a water testing kit and a way in which to analyze the data.
I do not think much modification is necessary. This lesson can be taught by using almost any set of instructions for construction. I do like the idea of making s’mores instead of PB&J sandwiches. It is a similar idea but more fun to eat!
Ham and cheese sandwich with mayo. I would have the student theorize for what else that data mining could be used for. We would also look for benefits and dangerous side-effects (disadvantages)