Facilitating Student Debugging #1

Posted October 15, 2018 by ilee

Your student added a widget but it is not working as expected.  What would you do?

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The Challenge

What strategy for problem solving would you use in this case?

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Submitted by pwilsonscience on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:22 · Permalink

I would ask them what they had done so far and what they would like for it to do?  I would then ask them what they could try next

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Submitted by ameek on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:24 · Permalink

Ask the student what type of widget they were trying to create.  Ask them to make sure that they have a link within the world. Ask them to read over the directions for the assignment and go through the steps again with the student.  If them they haven't fixed it ask a student beside them to look at the code or let them see the other student's code so that they may see where they have gone wrong.

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Submitted by Josh Bearman on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:25 · Permalink

I would ask the student which widget they wanted to use.

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Submitted by Lytle on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 13:27 · Permalink

I would ask them to tell me what the widget was supposed to do.  Then I would have them (with "edit interface" open) click on the widget to see what details they had in their widget.  Then lock their interface.

Then I would ask them to look at their code that controlled the widget.  I would ask them if the code was written correctly.

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