Nicole Wallach

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Hi! My name is Nicole and I am a fifth grade teacher at Hamilton School in Mt. Vernon. 

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        Nicole Wallach published a blog post Putting It All Together: Reflection
        Attached please find my reflection for Part B of Putting It All Together. Below is the link to my original blog post. http://pacecommons.org/blog/view/12120/putting-it-all-together
          • Gerald Ardito
            Gerald Ardito

            Nicole,

            This all just excellent work.

            I hope that you get to do the text based coding with your students.

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            • Nicole Wallach
              Nicole Wallach published a blog post Putting It All Together: Final Project
              Attached please find Part A of Putting It All Together. I designed a project for my students to build a robot and then make it dance! There is a rubric for the teacher and students to use that is clear, concise, and does not contain teacher...
                • Gerald Ardito
                  Gerald Ardito

                  Nicole,

                  I was thrilled to see that you designed an activity for your students to build and program a robot. I think that your experience with a similar activity will be good for all of you, and you will likely see the learning process from a different and newer perspective.
                  Well done!

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                  Nicole Wallach uploaded the file Wallach Final Project
                  This is Part A of Putting it All Together.
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                    Nicole Wallach published a blog post 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...
                      • Gerald Ardito
                        Gerald Ardito

                        Nicole,

                        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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                        Nicole Wallach published a blog post Week Two with Tito
                        The Light Sensor- I followed along with the tutorial for this section of the commands. I put the "If...Then..." command, then added the "___>___" and finally the music note for the last command. The first time I ran the...
                          • Gerald Ardito
                            Gerald Ardito

                            Nicole,

                            I really enjoyed reading your reflection on working with the sensors. You do a particularly good job documenting the trial and error (plus accidental discovery) always goes into this type of work.

                            I am also glad that this course has had real life implications for your pets and your future Roomba.

                            By the way, I don't think I have received the photos yet. Be sure to send them along.

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                            Nicole Wallach published a blog post Meeting my mBot, Tito
                            The first part of this assignment was assembling the mBot. I have never done this and I thought the directions were helpful. I am a visual person and I appreciated the pictures of the diagram modeling what to do. After setting up the mBot, I decided...
                              • Gerald Ardito
                                Gerald Ardito

                                Nicole,

                                It sounds like you and Tito has enjoyed exploring the world together.

                                You have done a terrific job capturing the process of your own learning. This, in particular, really jumped out at me:

                                I am grouping these two sections together because I accidentally discovered how to move Tito in a circle while trying to make a square.

                                In my experience in working with kids and adults on coding and robotics (but especially with robotics), this happens all the time and is almost always way more valuable that formal instruction. This is especially true in terms of the enthusiasm and excitement that tend to come with discovery.

                                I am sorry to hear that your work on Tito's dance was not saved for posterity. It would have been great to see it.

                                 

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                                Nicole Wallach commented on the blog Putting It All Together
                                Hi Dr. Ardito, Thank you for the feedback! I like the idea of having the students explore first and see what happens! That could be a good way to have an engaging start to the lesson. My concern was that some of my students have not had much...

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