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Abstract Title: Development and initial assessment of GlowScript Blocks, a new tool for introducing programming in introductory physics
Abstract: At Texas State University, and in partnership with the educational technology company Trinket, we have developed a block-based, drag-and-drop editor to control GlowScript VPython output, as an alternative to the already existing text-based GlowScript functionality at Trinket. Students in two different courses have now used this tool, called "GlowScript Blocks", for two semesters. We present the motivation for the project, the rationale for the design, and some sample instructional tasks. We also present a variety of data that we have collected to try to assess the impact on student learning of computation: student perceptions of the GlowScript Blocks tool and the associated lessons, performance on a standardized computational thinking assessment, student products from a design project, and performance on some targeted research tasks involving GlowScript Blocks. The results so far are mixed, with many remaining opportunities for improvement of students' affect and learning.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C11

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Hunter G. Close
Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 5122458103
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kushal Das, Texas State University
Cody Blakeney, Texas State University
Michael Dube, Texas State University
Elliot Hauser, Trinket
Brian Marks, Trinket