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#8728807 Nov 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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It should really be an hour of code but we have 2 organizations doing events.

One group, Inevitable Betrayal will be doing an hour of WoW macros.

SIGVE is looking at doing an hour of Linden scripting.

What type of hour of code would work at your school or professional development organization?
#8730069 Nov 18, 2013 at 05:14 PM
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I really like the Hour of Code idea, but it falls at kinda a bad time since both my schools will be on break. It's probably a bit too short notice to organize a non-class event at this point. And also, well, most of my classes are already an Hour of Code, so I'm not sure this would change much. :)

My go-to tool for something like this would be Scratch, but depending on the participants, Processing, JavaScript/HTML5, or Unity might be fun too. For me personally, I'd just take whatever language/tool I've been wanting to learn, and play with it.
#8734630 Nov 19, 2013 at 03:58 PM
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That seems to be how the discussion went both for the ISTE SIGVE group and also the guild.

The World of Warcraft guild though having everyone having a better understanding of macros seemed to make more sense. Also right after the hour of code, the plan is to have guild members duel to see how effective their coding was.

For the Virtual Environments SIG, scripting seemed the most popular. Although there was a discussion that an assignment for a class like Logic and Program Design could be built in a 3D sandbox like Second Life.

The inspiration for this is the non-computer tutorial up on the site.
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#8735727 Nov 19, 2013 at 07:46 PM
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I like the "Robotic Friends" thing. I may borrow that for my "programming for non-programmers" course. We do a couple of similar exercises (one outside using a grid where one persons walks and another gives instructions, one using a paper gird and written instructions, and one playing LightBot), but something like this might be a good addition.

I think both the guild and SIGVE things look neat, but neither are things that are high on my personal list. I don't play WoW anymore, and haven't really gotten into Second Life. (Although SL is on my list of "things to look at more closely when I have time", probably right around the same level as Minecraft actually.)

I'm not familiar enough with SL to give an opinion on using for Logic and Program Design. Again, I'd probably go with something like Scratch for that. The main problem I have with using 3D tools for beginners is that it can be very difficult for them to make their own characters/art for their projects. While some students are fine using just "included art", most eventually want a character/object that isn't there. Teaching student to make their own 2d art is significantly easier than 3D art.
#9398342 Apr 18, 2014 at 02:10 AM
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The hour of code would work at your school or professional development organization.

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