Ms. Andrea Love Art and Gifted Educator
We had a wonderful day learning about the new term, “conditionals.” There are many videos of the students engaged developing their own games using cards as most of you have viewed.
We started our day with the writing prompt:, “what do you believe is computer science and how important is it in our world today? Students were a little stumped on this word and they were asked to just make a guess and that we were going to talk about a new word.
We did a fun lesson after our prompt of IF we could be quiet for 60 seconds, then we could get 5 extra minutes of exploratory time. I watched the clock and they stared deeply at me and waited. We celebrated our 60 seconds and I discussed what we just did. This is a “conditional” using a conditional is a programming process of programming a robot, computer, games and/or apps to direct the process.
Students created their own conditionals as well. We took turns being the robot and the programmers. Students enjoyed creating their own conditional card game and/or other conditionals. Basically, create a rule that has a consequence and a award. Computer games are developed in this manner.
Ms. Love introduced them with at the beginning of class. The conditional rule was:
IF (you can be quiet for 5 minutes)
award = 5 extra minutes of exploratory time
ELSE = no extra exploratory time.
Students were extremely engaged designing the "conditional" rules of a game, but we needed to move on to our next activity of Scratch/CSFirst to create an Animated name. There designs will go towards our hour of code along with Donors Choice funds. We ended our day writing in our journals about conditionals on Google Classrooms.
Have a great week!
Boonville Talented and Gifted Program