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Classroom notes

Antony Harfield, who devised the original form of the Getting Started with JS-Eden worksheet writes (11/04/2016)::

In terms of how we conducted the workshop in Athens, important points were:

  1. Students worked in groups of 2 or 3, and each group was given the worksheet on paper to work through (with assistance from us as we wandered around).
  2. The worksheet encouraged the students to write their answers down for the first few (<6) questions. Later questions were a bit more open ended.
  3. At the beginning of the class, I demoed some of the basic points of the JS Eden environment: a) entering definitions, b) dependencies, c) the picture and defining dependencies such as Line. I think I told them that once they get through the first few questions and understood dependency then I would show them how they could use JS Eden to do something more interesting.
  4. When some of the students had got halfway, I stopped them all and showed them the solar system, and told them that this is what they could build by the end of the workshop.
  5. I expect that I talked for 10 minutes at the beginning and 5 minutes to explain the solar system halfway through. So not a lot of explanation. I expected them to read, which was ambitious! It might have been better to break a few more times to explain important concepts or tricks they could use as it became relevant -- although then you might break their concentration.