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Re: [K12OSN] One or two to a PC

My experience from just watching college students try this is that you 
end up with dominant kids taking over the terminals and the others being 
bored and leaving. What I saw working was where the problem sections 
were discussed between students at a 'round' table with parts of the 
program being divided up and people having to work out how to fix this 
or that problem... then sending them to seperate terminals to implement. 

Making sure that there are 'regular' round-tables helps also with 
carpal tunnel, eye-problems, and multi-person communication by getting 
them away from the computers to talk to each other. I found that having 
an 'adult' (ok for college students a neutral party...) who was 
charged with keeping the conversation moving and not getting bitter 
etc.. also helped. For 'real-life' training.. having them all switch 
modules once a week or so gets them to see the need for coding 
communication (comments, standards, etc) plus also experience with what 
most coders do... maintenance.

On Tue, 14 May 2002, Warwick Chapman wrote:

>A general Q
>Anyone have any theories as to whether 1 student to 1 PC is better 
>than 2 students to 1 PC as far as rate and thoroughness of learning 
>is concerned.
>In many ways, I feel 2 to a PC is better.  Especially on introduction 
>to programming type courses...
>Warwick Chapman
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