Students are welcome to use any software for the competition. CS2N recommends and provides tutorials for: • Alice Software – available for free teaches algorithmic thinking, and introduces students to Java programming concepts • SAM Animation Software – free limited version, very inexpensive full version stop-motion software that uses a standard webcam
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Students will be given five random entries of students in their age group to evaluate based on CS2N developed rubrics that every participant will follow. Once the evaluations are complete, the students will assess and rate the helpfulness of the evaluations they received.
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Students will be asked to say what they liked about the submission they are evaluating and give feedback on what needs to be improved. The overall goal of the evaluation process is to get everyone constructive feedback designed to help them with their next animation project.
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Our experience is that evaluations tend to be positive and helpful. This is due to three reasons. 1. Students are not anonymous – comments can be tracked to the student and they feel accountable. 2. Students are prompted to be put in a coach role vs. a random spectator role. 3. Students know their work is also being critiqued.
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Students who evaluate the work of their peers, in turn, receive an evaluation rating based on assessments from the peers they evaluated. This rating will weigh against their evaluations to affect their influence on the overall evaluation. This system will help reduce the influence of ratings from students who do not take the rating system seriously.
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We encourage teachers and leaders to coach students on how to provide constructive criticism. Students who can pick out what worked well and what didn’t in their peers’ works builds their critical thinking skills. Students who can write down their analysis and phrase it constructively builds their communication skills.
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