Q1: Getting Started

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  • Create an Avatar on the Greenfoot site
  • Help the instructor get to know you and understand your needs
  • Get you set up to succeed in the course

Note: you must complete this quest on time to continue in the course. However, do not rely on an instructor to drop you because he or she may not, and you are entirely responsible for failing to drop 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 assignment:

  • 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.


Complete the following quest specifications so we can get acquainted.

Project 1: Create an Avatar

  1. 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, post at least one comment on the Greenfoot site for the Bugs scenario (like "Hola"). Your post will allow me to see your avatar.

Project 2: Supply Student Information

Complete and submit the following Student Information form. Make sure to complete project 1 first!

Your photo

Project 3: Provide a Picture

Select a clear, recent and easily recognizable close up photo of your face to upload to Canvas along with the rest of your assignment files. Image files only and not PDFs please. The file must be viewable by dragging it into a browser. Cropping and changing image sizes is easy to do on your computer or online.

Note that I am NOT asking you to post your image to your account or in a public area of Canvas. Instead, I am asking that the image file be uploaded to the quest turn-in area. Only the instructor and you can see what you turned in. 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. This photo needs to be of your face only -- not your face and shoulders -- for me to be able to see it easily. If I cannot easily identify your face from the image, you will not get full credit. See the following examples of full and partial credit (if you were Albert Eienstein).

Photos versus Credit
face only face and shoulders Two younger people
Full Credit
Face only
Partial Credit
No shoulders or body please
Partial Credit
Not solo or recent, shoulders

Project 4: Research Learning and Intelligence

  1. Read the Salman Kahn article "Why I Will Never Tell My Son He is Smart" and complete the worksheet.
  2. When finished with the worksheet save it in plain text format with the file name "learning.txt".

    File ➤ Download as ➤ Plain Text (.txt)
    File name: learning.txt

  3. Fill out and answer the questions in learning.txt without deleting any of the existing text.
  4. Submit the learning.txt file with the rest of the assignment as described in Deliverables.


Project 5: Review Concepts and Take Quiz

Complete the following steps to complete the first quiz:

  1. 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.


Extra Credit

The purpose of this extra credit project is to continue giving you an intuitive grasp of important programming concepts beyond the lab. While completing this assignment, please pay particular attention to the order that the computer executes the instructions you give it.

  1. Start the hour of code here and select Minecraft Hero.

    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 you will see the following page. 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 you will see a new webpage with a larger picture of your certificate. Here is a link to an example certificate:


  4. Highlight the web address (URL) for your certificate in the browser bar and copy it (Windows: Ctrl+c, Mac: ⌘ Command+c).

    Hour of Code certificate address

  5. Create a plain text file named extra.txt and paste the entire URL into your extra.txt file to receive credit (Windows: Ctrl+v, Mac: ⌘ Command+v). Do NOT submit the certificate image.

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 the interpretation of XP, 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

Learning and Intelligence Worksheet

  • 4: Student completed and submitted the learning worksheet with masterful writing
  • 3: Student completed and submitted the learning worksheet with modest effort; has minor writing errors.
  • 2: Student completed and submitted the learning worksheet with minimal effort; has many writing errors
  • 1: Student submitted the learning worksheet
  • 0: No learning worksheet submitted

Total possible XP: 12 plus extra credit


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: Getting Started in Canvas:
    1. Easily recognizable head shot photo from quest 1.3 above
    2. Your learning.txt file from quest 1.4 above.
    3. Optionally, your extra.txt extra credit with the Hour of Code Certificate URL.
  2. In addition, make sure you:
    1. Created an Avatar name at the Greenfoot site.
    2. Submitted the Student Information form from quest 1.2 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 Canvas hides prior submission files. For information on resubmitting see How do I change an assignment in Canvas?

Last Updated: September 10 2018 @23:25:05