Each day, we'll have roughly four hours of sessions, with plenty of breaks in between. This years plenary sessions will share updates about what's new in Snap! 8, a look back at how we got here, as well as some of the many different ways Snap! is being deployed in classrooms around the world.
Show Your Project Session
The 'Show Your Project' session returns on Sunday, for a face-paced round of project demos. Demos are only three minutes long, so there's room to submit your own project.
Blown away with the new PNG - metadata feature. My students are going to love this. Let's see if we can the technology a little with importing via PNGs.
@xota raised a valid point yesterday. Where does Snap*!* stop, and another language takes over. When and where should a student move on? Interesting subject, also a valid discussion for other programming languages and environments.
The lightning talks are always fun. Thanks, @jadga, for hosting and guiding them. The students gave great insights into their learning, and their vision of solving problems was great! With just a few tools and great homemade artwork! It will be fun to watch what they build next. The simplicity of their solutions are inspiring. Teaching's fun!
The quote of Thomas Watson came to mind;
All the world's problems could be settled easily if man(kind) were only willing to think. The trouble is that man(kind) very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think because thinking is such hard work.
I love these questions. In some senses you always need to ask Why move on? What's the goal?
If you can keep exploring fun things, why change unless there's some other reason? (I mean - a job is a fine reason if that's what its really about)
It's not a question of why move on. I love the 'does it run doom'-proof of concepts. It pushes things forward. And that is part of the fun. Students enjoy the PoCs to play with. One of the challenges with moving on is keeping the bar low for new students (or even lower when we understand how they use the interface). And it's key for a teacher/educator to know when to change the language. That's the real challenge. We could do a statistical analysis, but we have R. We could do XYZ, but we have ...
The BJC program is great, and with some tinkering, we could offer students a way forward. 'this concept in Js is similar to this in Snap!'. 'See how the loop works in Js, in Snap! we would use these blocks'.
Let's continue the fun of the conference. We're so lucky with this active community. And I'm looking forward to the next doom-like application