Stage 16: Teamwork & Debugging


Stage 16 is an unplugged activity (doesn’t require a computer).  It is basically taking the activity from Stage 4 where students write programming instructions in order to draw something and turning it into a relay race.  The lesson plan is here.

New Vocabulary:

  • Bugs—Problems with your code
  • Debugging—Fixing problems in your code
  • Sequence—The order in which things are done

The main idea for this stage is the need for cooperative teamwork when programming. Turning this activity into a relay race adds in the time pressure element when programming for a deadline.  The need to debug is obvious when we are working collaboratively in a team under time pressures.

These are good discussion points when debriefing this activity with students.



About Vivian

Vivian @ChezVivian is a Canadian-born Chinese, currently living in Switzerland. She has also lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia. She holds a M.S. (focus: Educational Technology Integration), B.Ed and a B.A. and graduate studies in Kodály and Orff music pedagogy. She is an elementary school classroom generalist, but has also taught as a music specialist, ESL/EAL and also in Learning Support. Most of her teaching career was in International Schools in Hong Kong. She is excited about the IBPYP and the possibilities of using technology to Inquire. Recently, she has been looking at the opportunities that computer programming gives to put #TECHXture back into the hands of children. In other words, technology need not be just about looking at screens. It can be about building things with our hands; and computer programming levels-up what children can do with the things they build---encouraging higher thinking skills. She is a Coetail Post-graduate Certificate grad ('13-'14), a former Coetail Coach and one of the co-founders of #CoetailChat. Her blog home curates her assignments for Coetail and her M.S. graduate studies about Educational Technology integration and anything else educationally-related that she feels inspired to write about. Her twitter tagline sums it up: "Mom to 4, Mentor, Educator, Musician (in that order)".
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