Here in Virginia school doesn't get out until June for most school districts. This makes for a lot of time to fill.
So I have kids working on 3-D printing projects. Some are working in Python. Last year one person went totally old school and really delved into QBasic.
Overall this has been pretty successful, but as we all know at the end of the year we are competing with spring and senioritis. So to make sure they don't go completely off the rail this year I am trying to make them write - I know, they'll love it, right?
Please allow me my delusions, it has been a busy year.
Each block I am showing them a Ted Talk. They respond to the videos using Piazza. I collect these as a quiz grade just so I have something to nag them with. Sometimes keeping them focused is about bribery and threats. Whatever works.
Whenever I do discussion board topics in computer science classes I have a very structured set of rules for them to follow. I am trying to transition them to academic writing and beyond LOL.
So I am curious - how is everyone else handling this wasteland of time between the AP exam and the last day of school? What works for you?
Oh, and if you are interested, here are my discussion board rules:
We are going to be using the discussion board for the rest of the year. Your participation on the discussion board will count as a quiz grade each marking period. Some guidelines: