Student projects

August 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Open-ended projects are in that they allow students to keep adding more to their project.  The Impact of Computer Science topic has ended nicely with students producing outstanding projects. The different topics that students worked on included movies, animation graphic, robotics, social media, cyber security, internet marketing, communications and more!
Students worked in pairs with a partner of their choosing. The only condition was that it could not be someone that they had worked with before. Each pair chose a different tool to present.  Students used Adobe Flash, Adobe After-Effects, Scratch, Xtranormal, Alice and many others. It seemed like some students felt rushed and would have appreciated a little more time.
Bringing the topic to a closing end, I asked students to reflect on how important they thought computer science education was.  The majority felt that it was necessary to have a good understanding of computer science, even if they weren’t going to major in it. The reasons varied for this varied. Some said it was essential to keep up with technology and others thought that it was one of the few career options that provided a stable job. An interesting idea that I heard was that computer science had actually created new degrees and opportunities for students to excel in previously unexplored areas.
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