Friday, March 2, 2012

One more week to go

It has been a crazy week.  I worked with the Biology classes to create climatograms and with the Juniors to start their poetry blog. In addition, yesterday I utilized advisory's study hall in order to check in with all the 8th grade students before they left today on a field trip to NYC.

The majority of the games are progressing nicely.  In fact two of the games are completed.  They now are adding sound and other animations to make it look nicer but they have the programming done.  Most others should be done by next Friday.  Others... well, there were a few who worked consistently but focused more on the splash page and not on the game and won't be done.  I am not disappointed though.  The majority of the girls worked on the games, and learned some programming.  I am impressed on how hard most of them worked on learning how to program when they had zero programming knowledge when we started.

I did give those who I don't think will be done the option to enter the writing competition.  They felt relieved and said they would write the 1500 word essay.  I am still proud of them they did learn some programming, but also learned about time management.  Many re-arranged their programs to fit within the time constraint.  Others added as they figured out one level and found ways to expand. We started to register.  Now I have to figure out how to upload them to a website, for the competition.