alice in summerland

learning and teaching math in alice

Busy bee

I was running all over campus today, from a meeting in Fuqua in the morning and later 3 meetings for a newspaper article I’m writing for tomorrow. I still got a good ~5-6 hours in, though, so I’m going to finish the remaining time when I get home tonight.

I spent most of today perfecting my permutations program. Instead of the teacher giving a long set of directions at the beginning which exhaustively explained permutations, factorials, and the game, the player now has the option of pressing P to learn more about permutations, F to learn more about factorials, and S to start the game. This way, if I student has already played the game several times or is an expert on factorials and permutations, then he does not need to sit through the long introduction. There was also a glitch in the 4! case that I had to fix, and some other minor issues.

At the end of the day I started writing my tutorial for the program. I don’t think this one will be too bad to learn at all. One problem, though, is that I can’t assume that people programming this world have already done my inequalities world. For some reason, as I’m writing the tutorial for this, I want to make it quicker especially with the setup. This could easily, however, be the first tutorial a kid learns if his teacher just wants to use my Alice program to teach permutations and factorials, and is not interested in other lessons. This needs to be accounted for in any tutorial, regardless of what level we assign to it. Everyone who wants to use my world should be able to.

Anyway, I’m exhausted after the long day, and will be able to better work in the comfort of my own home tonight!

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