Today is my last day of work – I enjoyed this opportunity a lot and had a great time working with the teachers this summer.
Yesterday, I ended up staying in the office until about 8 pm, working on the teacher feedback. Today, I came in and finished up all the evaluations and sent them to the teachers. It was a lot of fun working on improving their worlds, but also took a lot of time and effort.
Professor Rodger took us out to lunch, which was super nice of her!
I also started working on drafting a proposal for my independent study. Hopefully, I’ll get approved as a CSURF and continue working on this project during the school year.
Today was very productive – second to last day of work this summer!
I finished editing all the teacher worlds and uploaded them to the lesson plans page. Now I am working on writing feedback for each teacher, telling them how we changed their world and additionally feedback, plus encourage them to continue working with Alice in their classrooms.
Further, I uploaded my photosynthesis world to the Example worlds page and added my collisions tutorial to the Tutorials page under Intermediate worlds. There was a lot of PHP to learn and figuring out the format of how the website works.
I also start downloading the teacher feedbacks that we received from the teachers on their peer’s lesson plans.
We had a talk with Professor Rodger about what we are up to, and final things to do before the summer ends.
I should be able to finish everything by tomorrow.
I finished uploading my portion of the teacher lesson plans onto the website. There were some formatting errors that I had to clear up and I checked all the links that I added to the page. All three of us have finished the first pass of the teacher worlds.
Samantha, Yossra, and I discussed how we wanted to assess the teachers. We decided on creating an Excel sheet in Google Drive and recording how many times the teachers used them in each world, as well as the number of times that they used it efficiently. Tomorrow, we will go over our idea with Professor Rodger and continue from there.
I started editing the teacher’s worlds. For each teacher, we are picking a world and making changes to it and provide feedback. The goal is to have this done before the end of the week.
This week will be my last week of work! However, I am going to continue my research with Professor Rodger in the fall as a part of the CSURF program. I will need to apply to the program and then write up a proposal for my independent study, which will last me for the upcoming school year. At the end, I will need to present a poster and write a thesis paper.
I think I want to focus more on how we can integrate CS into middle school education and change how we assess the worlds that we collect. Currently, we are just noting the different features that the teachers included but we need more assessments to see how students are learning the material. This will require a lot of work on the teachers to get their students to take the assessments but we have a year to plan it. I also want to do more workshops during the school year to expose more students to Alice and programming.
Today, I looked through the teachers’ worlds and noted the features that they included and did not include. I then started writing the PHP to put their lesson plans on the website and will just copy and paste. I’m almost done with this part. As I’m going through the worlds, I’m also editing some of them, and saving new files of their worlds so that we can send them to the teachers later.
I also went through Yossra’s Transformation tutorial. We are going to have to put up our worlds by the end of the week and also finish up the videos that we started during the summer.
Since I’ll be leaving a day early next week (last week of working!), I’m making up my hours today. Today is the first day after our workshops finished.
We are looking over the teachers’ worlds these next few days and uploading them to our website and also putting our worlds and tutorials up there. Some of the teachers’ codes are very complicated but others are very impressive. We are going through the worlds, noticing what the teachers included (or did not) and later we will look more extensively and give feedback.
Today is the last day of our workshop! I had a great time, and it was awesome to see how much the teachers learned over the course of two weeks.
We gave the teacher a post test and then had them present their lesson plans for the rest of the day.
The teachers created an Alice world to thank us – it was very nice!
The teachers spent the morning finishing up their worlds.
During lunch, I took a couple of teachers to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
In the afternoon, the some of the teachers presented their lesson plans – some of them are really impressive!
Professor Rodger had to give a talk in Greensboro so Samantha, Yossra and I are in charge for today until lunch. We went over the Changing Camera Views tutorial and they seemed to get it pretty well. All lot of the problems deal setting up the scene and positioning the objects.
Then for the rest of the day, we worked on teacher lesson plans. A lot of them are still having trouble with the fade in and fade out, as well as understanding camera views and dummy objects.
Tomorrow we start presenting lesson plans!!!
Majority of the day was spent on lesson plans. We did the Repetition Everywhere tutorial and most of the teachers were able to do them by themselves.
We also took the teachers to the Duke DiVE thing – the immersive virtual reality world. I also got a chance to experience it for myself it was pretty cool!
Some of the teachers are having trouble understanding the camera views and different scenes and knowing how to tie all the different pieces together. In addition, some of them are having trouble understanding how to move from scene to scene and how moving a character in one scene will affect his or her movements in the next scene if it is moving.
In the morning, Professor Richard Lucic came and talked to the teachers about VCL and how they can use that to have teachers access Alice on their phones or tablets. Kathy Menchaca, the program director, is also here this week to help out.
Yossra taught the teachers the BDE tutorial and most of them seemed to understand how the while event works.
I also taught the Simple Quiz tutorial and the teachers had quite some difficulty with it. I think a big part was that I forgot a slide in the beginning, and also some of the teachers are still having difficulty navigating Alice and knowing where the methods and functions are. I also had to do some improvising – the teachers wanted to create while loops for the second and third question and there were some minor bugs in our code. But I printed out the code and we can add it to our website later for the teachers to see.
At lunch I demoed my Photosynthesis world and Collision Tutorial.
In the afternoon, we let the teachers start working on their their lesson plans. Some of the teachers want to create lesson plans for science classes and finance worlds that they asked for help with. One of the teachers is creating a world dealing with independent and dependent variables, but has some trouble with creating the user input. But I’ve been helping her. Another teacher is creating a world for a Red Riding Hood story, and is having difficulty with camera views. I’m excited to see their final products.