coding Course Expectations

Overview

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This one-semester course introduces students to computer science as a vehicle for problem solving, communication, and personal expression. As a whole, this semester focuses on the visible aspects of computing and computer science, and encourages students to see where computer science exists around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression.

This one-semester course introduces students to computer science as a vehicle for problem solving, communication, and personal expression. As a whole, this semester focuses on the visible aspects of computing and computer science, and encourages students to see where computer science exists around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression.

This one-semester course introduces students to computer science as a vehicle for problem solving, communication, and personal expression. As a whole, this semester focuses on the visible aspects of computing and computer science, and encourages students to see where computer science exists around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression.

Goals

  • To practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

  • To determine the relationship between hardware and software.

  • To explore concept development in design layout.

  • To describe scenarios used to achieve a given goal, task or experience.

  • To evaluate computational thinking, problem solving, and decision making.

  • To construct solutions to problems by designing, programming, and debugging computer programs.

  • To apply creative and computational thinking to algorithms, problem solving, abstraction, and connections.

  • To utilize application programming interface (APIs), libraries, and assets.

  • To identify programming tools, traits, and careers.

Pens, Pencils, Earbuds, Tissues

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Assessment Methods & Grading

Assessment Methods & Grading

Performance Tasks, Participation, Quizzes, Tests, and Essays are all methods of assessment along with semester exams.

  • Formative and Summative Assessments make up 80% of the semester & course final grade. 

  • Semester Exam makes up 20% of the final grade.

Attendance

The hands-on nature of the course will require daily participation and effort. Daily attendance is very important.  Alternative assignments may be assigned as make-up work, however missing out on the work in class will sometimes result in missing key concepts.

Scheduling a tutoring session to make-up essential work may also be required. Assignments missed will be found online in our Google Classroom class. Since make-up work can vary, it is essential that the student check-in with me after an absence to ensure that the correct work is completed.  Students will have three days to complete make-up work from the day they return from their absence.

creating conditionals

Conditional statements make the world go around.  Where would we be without Mom saying, "If you eat your dinner, you will get dessert." 

If statements are at the core of the conditional.  As practice, my students had to create an explosion when their image grew to a predetermined size.  

Skills practiced included sprite.scale, greater than operator, draw loop, creating variables, setting animation, and of course...an if statement.  

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