Q1: Getting Started

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Objectives

  • Help the instructor get to know you and understand your needs
  • Get you set up to succeed in the course
  • Learn how to prepare a README.TXT file
  • Start to understand programming

Note: if you do not complete this quest on time, you might be dropped from the course. However, do not rely on the instructor to drop you because he may not. You are entirely accountable for not dropping any course.

Academic Honesty

Read the Scholastic Honesty Policy and Quest and Lab Integrity policies of the syllabus. Here are some clarifications for this particular quest:

  • This is a solo quest that you must complete individually.
  • Do not communicate with anyone nor look at any information (like Google) during the quiz.

Quests

Complete the following quest specifications so we can get acquainted.

  1. Create an Avatar: Create your avatar name by signing up at Greenfoot.org. This name will be used when posting your games online, among other things.

    After signing up, look through some scenarios and post at least one comment on the Greenfoot site. After posting, search for your Avatar name to make sure I can find your avatar name by searching on the Greenfoot site.

  2. Student Information: Complete the following Student Information form. Make sure to complete step 1 first!



  3. Upload a Picture: upload an easily recognizable image of yourself to Canvas along with the rest of your assignment files.

    Note that I am NOT asking you to post your image as an avatar or in your profile. Instead, I am asking that the image file be uploaded to an area of Canvas that only you (and I) can see, which is the assignment turn-in (submittal) area. The purpose of the image is simply to help me learn your name.

    Please limit the file size of images to one megabyte or less. Please include only yourself in the image. The instructor must be able to easily identify you from the image to receive full credit.

  4. Review the Concepts: Complete the Quest 1 Quiz in Canvas to verify your understanding. Make sure to review lesson 1 and lab 1 before taking the quiz!

    The purpose of this quiz is to help you decide if you have a good understanding of the concepts from lesson 1 and this assignment. Since this is the first quiz, you may take it multiple times.

  5. Developing a README file

    A README file contains information about other files in an assignment or set of software files. It is a plain text file and is where the instructor starts when grading assignments. You will turn in a single README.txt file for every lab or quest with programming projects.

    1. Download the example README.TXT file.
    2. Update the example README.TXT to fill in your own date, name and email, but keep the same file name.
    3. Update your README.TXT file as this assignment progresses to ensure it is correct.
    4. Submit the README.txt with the rest of the assignment as described in Deliverables.

  6. Explore Coding: Complete an Hour of Code following the steps below. While completing this quest, please pay particular attention to how the computer executes the instructions you give it in order!
    1. Start the hour of code here.

      Play the videos if you need help. If you get stuck, please let the instructor know so he can help.

    2. When finished with all the steps, add your full name (first and last) to personalize the certificate and then press the submit button.

      Hour of Code Certificate

    3. Click on the certificate and it will take you to a new webpage with a larger picture of your certificate. Here is a link to an example certificate:

      http://code.org/printcertificate/980447cad525fde799f5651946004616.

    4. Highlight the web address for your certificate in the browser bar and copy it (Ctrl + c).

      Hour of Code certificate address

    5. Paste the link (Ctrl + v) into your README.TXT file to receive credit.
    6. Submit the README.txt with the rest of the assignment as described in Deliverables.

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Extra Credit

The purpose of this extra credit project is to continue giving you an intuitive grasp of important programming concepts.

  1. Start the second hour of code here and select Minecraft Developer.

    Play the videos if you need help. If you get stuck, please let the instructor know so he can help.

  2. When finished with all the steps, click the "I've finished my Hour of Code" link.

    Hour of Code Link

  3. Add your full name (first and last) to personalize the certificate and then press the Submit button.

    Hour of Code Certificate

  4. Click on the certificate and it will take you to a new webpage with a larger picture of your certificate. Here is a link to an example certificate:

    https://code.org/printcertificate/_1_7991827ecaaabedbef344a8cfedf57ed.

  5. Highlight the web address (URL) for your certificate in the browser bar and copy it (Ctrl + c).

    Hour of Code certificate address

  6. Paste (Ctrl + v) the entire URL into your README.txt file underneath the previous link. Do NOT submit the certificate.

Grading Criteria

The instructor will evaluate your quest using the following criteria. Each criteria represents a specific achievement of your quest and has a scoring guide. The scoring guide explains the possible scores you can receive.

Some scoring guides have a list of indicators. These indicators are a sign of meeting, or a symptom of not meeting, the specific criterion. Note that a single indicator may not always be reliable or appropriate in a given context. However, as a group, they show the condition of meeting the criterion.

For information on grading policies, including interpretation of scores, see the syllabus page.

Avatar Name

  • 2: Avatar name registered at Greenfoot.org.
  • 0: Avatar name not registered

Student Information Form

  • 4: Student information form was submitted
  • 0: No Student information form submitted

Recognizable Image

  • 2: Instructor able to easily identify student from supplied image.
  • 1: Instructor not able to easily identify student from supplied image.
  • 0: Specified image was not turned in

Quest 1 Quiz

  • 2: Quiz completed and all answer are correct.
  • 1: Quiz completed but not all answers are correct.
  • 0: Quiz not completed.

README.TXT File

  • 2: README.TXT file completed following instructions and then submitted
  • 1: README.txt file submitted but some information was missing
  • 0: no README.txt file submitted

Exploring Code

  • 2: Completed the Hour of Code and included the link to your certificate in your README.txt file.
  • 1: Completed the Hour of Code and included the link to your certificate in your README.txt file, but the certificate does not include your full name.
  • 0: Not completed or no certificate link turned in.
  • -2: Turned in the Hour of Code with a link in your README.txt file, but the link has someone else's name on it.

Total possible XP: 14 plus extra credit

Deliverables

Students submit some homework as they work on it like the Google form and Quest 1 Quiz. However, students must submit other work to Canvas as described below.

  1. Upload the following files to Quest Q1 in Canvas:
    1. Easily recognizable photo from quest 1.3 above
    2. README.TXT from quest 1.5 above, the Hour of Code Certificate URL, and optionally the extra credit
  2. In addition, verify you:
    1. Completed the Quest 1 Quiz in Canvas.
    2. Created an Avatar name at the Greenfoot site.
    3. Submitted the Student Information form from above.

You must submit all the files needed to complete your quest. If you make a mistake, you can resubmit up to the deadline. If you resubmit, include all your quest files as prior submission files are lost.

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