Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Redesign, Redux, Rewind

Sometimes an idea just doesn't pan out. Sometimes people lose interest. Redesigning to remain relevant is a major part of staying on the front edge. This is why Facebook continues to redesign homepage layouts, Twitter adds video feeds and no one uses an original iPhone anymore.

And so it is that I realize the longer projects have lost their luster. Perhaps it's a symptom of Spring or just that senioritis is starting to kick in. Either way, I need to shake up the programming class to keep everyone focused and accountable. That is why, starting immediately, we will switch over to http://www.codecademy.com.

The students should already be familiar with this site. They will be able to log in with various personal accounts. They may work through any track that looks interesting. But I am requiring they earn at least 20 points a day, minimum (and minimum effort is not an "A"). Because the work lives on a web site, I know there will be days when someone thinks they can catch up later, but the reality is that they never do. A job half done is a job not done.

Each day students will share their point total with me and I will update their score. My goal is to keep a running current total so everyone can see exactly where they are and what needs to be done. If you have any questions, or want to share your own Codecademy scores, please don't hesitate to call.