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Course Conclusion

2014-07-01

Officially our CS4HS@UNI course in Scratch ended last Friday. Having said that, we intend to leave the course up and open. Feel free to continue working on the course if you didn't have a chance to finish it by the official close date. We will continue to answer questions and check in assignments, although we do not guarantee a speedy response time as both faculty involved have additional commitments in the next few weeks. However, we want you to have a chance to finish. I have had several questions about your ability to access these materials in the fall and whether you may use them with your students. I intend to leave them up for your personal benefit and for your use in SUPPLEMENTING your classroom instruction. You may use my videos to assist you in teaching Scratch with your students, but we ask that you do not use this course directly as instruction for your students. It was not intended for that purpose and we ask that you respect that. Please, PLEASE feel free to continue to contact me with questions or assistance with trouble spots. I have spent a lot of time teaching scratch and always have a pretty good idea of where to look for problems. I had a teacher last summer who gave this hierarchy to her students for dealing with problems. 1) The programmer tries to debug. 2) Ask a classmate 3) Ask the classroom teacher 4) We search the web 5) We email Dr. Schafer She said it made her students feel better to know that there was always another step but to take some ownership first when troubleshooting. Finally, don't forget that we are still offering two additional courses via our CS4HS funding. The next course will be a two week course about App Inventor for Android designed and taught by my colleague Dr. Stephen Hughes. It will be offered the last two weeks of July. Many of you have expressed an initial interest in this course. You will be receiving additional details in the next few weeks (we wanted to limit our emails during the Scratch course). Our final course will be a fall, semester long, implementation project course where you design and implement instruction using either Scratch or AppInventor. This course will have you working with a small team of fellow teachers using online resources to help evaluate each other's material(s) and discussing observations. Information about this course will be sent out in mid to late August. If you did not originally register for one of these courses but would now like to consider participating you can get on our mailing list by completing the form (again) at www.cs.uni.edu/~schafer/outreach/cs4hs2014/ and marking the appropriate fields. Folks I have really enjoyed this experience. Please feel free to email we with any feedback you have on the course and what we could do to make it better. We hope to offer this again next summer and will welcome your help in spreading the word to your colleagues.


Online Office Hours, June 23-27

2014-06-22

Online office hours were VERY sparsely used in week #1. As such, I am going to reduce the formally scheduled hours this week. HAVING SAID THAT, if you need help please contact me and we can set up an appointment to chat face to face via Google Hangout.

The following online office hours will be hosted during the second week of the course. All times listed are CDT.

To access an online office hour use the link below for the session in question.

Monday, June 23, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM OFFICE HOUR LINK

Tuesday, June 24, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  OFFICE HOUR LINK

Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  OFFICE HOUR LINK

Thursday, June 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM OFFICE HOUR LINK

Friday, June 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM OFFICE HOUR LINK

If none of these hours works in your schedule please feel free to email schafer@cs.uni.edu to set up an alternate meeting time.


The story behind "Unit 6"

2014-06-17

I have been having some great email discussions and office chats with some of you. Several of these discussions were about "nifty tricks" or "hidden features" or "common gotchas" or other things like that. In other words, things that you are very likely to encounter as you work with a room full of students but things that don't necessarily fit into a normal "teaching" lesson. Thus, I have made a Unit 6. This unit will contain on ongoing set of short videos that I will make whenever I see something that should be addressed to a larger audience than the one on one situation that I am in. This is not a "unit" in the traditional sense. You do NOT need to look at any of this material and there is not a homework associated with it. It's simply a repository of helpful ideas that you might explore at your convenience.


Online Office Hours, June 16-20

2014-06-13

The following online office hours will be hosted via Google Hangout during the first week of the course.  All times listed are CDT.

To access an online office hour check back in the announcements section for the specific link for that session.

  • Monday, June 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Monday, June 16, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Tuesday, June 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 17, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 17, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

  • Wednesday, June 18, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
  • Wednesday, June 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

  • Thursday, June 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
  • Thursday, June 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  
  • Thursday, June 19, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

  • Friday, June 20, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
  • Friday, June 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  OFFICE HOUR LINK
If none of these hours works in your schedule please feel free to email schafer@cs.uni.edu to set up an alternate meeting time.

Register with the Google Group to access the Discussion Forum

2014-06-12

To participate in community discussions about this course, register for the web forum at http://groups.google.com/group/uni-cs4hs-scratch-2014. On that page, click on Join Group.


Online Video Bank

2014-06-12

In our testing of the course we occaisionally encountered times when youtube was not particularly responsive with displaying a video. It was normally a situation where one video wouldn't play while others would. In the event that this occurs to you during the course you have the option of separately downloading any of the videos used in the course. These videos are for your use only during this course and may not be used for other purposes without express consent.

http://www.cs.uni.edu/~schafer/outreach/cs4hs2014/videos/