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.

 

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