In depth week 6

In depth week 6.

The last two weeks for in-depth I have done two exiting things: I have gotten familiar with the operating platform that Alice works on and I have set goals for when I want to get the textbook “done” by. I am looking to schedule a meeting with Mr. Findley in the next two weeks to check in and make sure I am on track, I also want him to go over the goals that I set (I will address them later).

The operating system of Alice is reasonably strait forward, the textbook helps with making it easier to understand. I have read through the first chapter of the textbook and I have worked on the concepts in the program itself. As I move forward, ideas are starting to pop up for my final presentation. I am coming up with ideas for programs I could design using Alice that I could show off on in-depth night. Though it is a long way away I think it’s still a good idea to start thinking about it now.

Over these last two weeks I made a personal decision that I am going to be carrying on coding for 26 weeks instead of the 19-20ish weeks that are provided in the standard in-depth. The reason for this is, I want my in-depth to count for 26 weeks for my Duke Of Edinburgh, for my applied skill. This project will take me into the summer and that is something that I’m okay with because so far it has been really interesting. Come in-depth night I will present what I have done and what I am planning to do, then carry it out over the summer.

I have found that I haven’t been as structured as I was while working with Jacob last year, so I have not gotten enough of the textbook done so far. Because of that I decided I needed to come up with a schedule to keep me on track as the project goes on.

I have set up a schedule that is ambitious and will make up for me being a little behind. I want to be done the first textbook by week 12 (in 6 weeks) leaving me room for the second textbook. Before in-depth night. Each textbook has 5 Units or Chapters, I am halfway done Chapter one at the moment so by week 8 I will be at Chapter 2.7. I will be at Chapter 4 at week 10 then I will do the last two chapters for week 12.

When I have met with Mr. Findley, what works well is that he is very clear, he communicates effectively with me in terms of his expectations, and how he would like the project to go from a mentor’s standpoint. The downfall of the mentor mentee relationship for this project is that learning to code is something that is very self-directed, Mr. Findley has given me the materials and told me to come to him if there are issues. The problem became that I was able to a relatively small amount of work, letting other classes and activities take priority. 6 weeks in, I am realising that for me to get done what I want to get done I will need to significantly pick up the pace. Mr. Findley has also been super busy with Drama related projects, as have I. With the Drama performances in week 2 then The Murder Mystery in week 5. That has restricted Mr. Findley’s availability at lunchtimes. I have also been busy with working in the Cafateria, Musical Theater lunch time rehearsals, and Adventure Trip meetings. So Mr. Findley and I unfortunately have not met as much as I would have liked to.

 

 

Note to self (come june)

So I sat down and recorded a brief 5 minute audio recording. This is recorded mainly directed at myself at the end of the year to put it into perspective as I prepare for my final.

 

In-Depth Post 2

So first off I will fill you in on the updates that have happened in the last couple weeks of the project.

I met with Mr. Findley for the first time on Thursday January 21st. In preparation for the meeting I looked online just to educate myself and to see what I should be expecting. I looked at websites like codingacamy.com, which is a subscription based website that helps you with coding. I brought it up with Mr. Findley, he said it would be better for me to look into a program called Alice. He gave me two binders that he uses in his classes as an introduction to coding. The program Alice is described on the website is “an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.”

I have downloaded the program and have started to look through the first 2 chapters of the first binder. It is interesting and I really appreciate that it is understandable and does not jump too quickly into the difficult parts of coding. I value that and I think the material that Mr. Findley is going to provide me with will really help me out.

Moving forward Mr. Findley has expressed that it is going to be pretty easy to learn how to code on a self-directed project as there is a lot of really valuable material online. Lots of very valuable and accurate information and sources are available for free and Mr. Findley has said he is more than happy for me to come to him with questions and if I get stumped but a majority of this inpdepth will be self-guided and self-taught. Honestly that is something I am looking forward to trying as it is very different from my last indepth.

I am really looking forward to my indepth because I think it is a skill that I will benefit from having for the rest of my life. Mr. Findley though we have only met once is someone that I can tell knows what he’s doing and I have a lot of respect for him.