These tips will help you ensure your students maximize their learning before, during, and after playing the game Code Monkey:

  • Sound isn’t necessary to succeed in CodeMonkey, but it does make the challenges more fun.
  • If you don’t have enough computers for all students, students can work in pairs. Make sure they discuss their solutions and work collaboratively. Working in pairs can sometimes be more productive because discussing the process with someone helps us learn better.
  • Check your students’ understanding of turning with degrees: Ask all of them to stand up and instruct them to “turn 90 degrees,” “turn 120 degrees,” and “turn 360 degrees.”
  • Check your students’ understanding of walking backward: Stand with your back to the door and ask, “How many steps do I need to walk in order to get to the door?” (Make sure their answer includes “minus X”.)
  • Check your students’ understanding of “turnTo”: Play a short game in the spirit of Simon Says. Give instructions to your students to “turnTo” a specific place or a specific student. They should only turn when you say “turnTo”, and not when you say “Turn”.
  • Most of the issues your students will encounter will result from not reading the instructions or the code itself properly. Encourage them to read the instructions/code carefully. They can see the instructions again by clicking the professor (lower-left corner).
  • It’s okay to respond, “I don’t know the answer. Let’s figure this out together.” If you can’t figure out a problem, use it as a good learning lesson for the class: “Technology doesn’t always work out the way we want. Together, we’re a community of learners.”
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