Tito Can Dance!

The song I decided to use is "Jump On It." I chose that song because there are clear movements to program Tito to do. 

I put the video file in the shared folder on Google. Unfortunately, I did not take a screen shot of the code I used and I was unable to recover it without doing it over entirely. 

It was challenging trying to figure out the correct code to write. It took a lot of trial-and-error to get it right. However, my iMovie app was not working (of course) when I was trying to create the video. Instead, I used a website that we use for school. I have only used it in the past to put together a collection of pictures, not videos. I noticed that it is a little skippy and there are some lags. I think that is just part of the program. It took some trial-and-error to get the timing right with laying the music on top of the dance video. I learned through this experience that I should not only stick to iMovie, but branch out and try other programs. Maybe next time I will use a completely different program to make the video. 

Overall, I am very glad that I took this course. I was able to learn a lot about programming that I would have never learned otherwise. I am also very excited to share the text-based coding software with my students! I think that I can even incorporate it into the online distance-learning as a reward if the students complete all of their weekly assignments! Now more than ever it is getting increasingly tough to find something to motivate them to do their work. I think that this could be an engaging tool that my students would enjoy working with! 

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      I originally designed this Unit to be challenging, but I was certainly not anticipating the extra hurdles you had to jump to get your work done.

      The timing is always the trickiest part of the Dance Off Challenge. I have seen this happen with both graduate students (like yourself) and high school students. The answer ends up being using sensors and conditional statements that trigger moves. This increases the initial work of programming, but decreases the crazy making quality of working out waits and pauses. 

      And I am glad to hear that you had a good experience in this course. Your TESOL/language skill- and mind-set brought a lot to our normal work. So, I was glad to have the opportunity to work with you.

      I hope that you get to use the text based coding with your students. If you do, be sure to let me know how it goes.

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