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March 2014: Writing Java Programs in Eclipse, Part I
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This month we are going to start learning how to write Java programs using the Eclipse development environment. You already have some experience with Java in the Greenfoot environment from the 2013 November-December lessons, and now we are going to branch out into a more professional environment used by software engineers worldwide.
I would advise a quick review of the 2013 November-December lessons to re-familiarize yourself with the Java syntax and concepts in those lessons; I’ll assume you have that knowledge going forward.
Our schedule for this month is in the table just below.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at:
Theme: Writing Java Programs in Eclipse, Part 1
|Lesson 1||Installing Eclipse — posted March 3|
|Lesson 2||Eclipse Tutorial — Week of March 10|
|Lesson 3||Printing Strings — Week of March 17|
|Lesson 4||Getting User Input — Week of March 24|
Before You Begin
Please carefully read these student prerequisites before continuing:
• Students must have access to a Windows PC or Mac OS desktop/laptop computer. Many lessons will involve hands-on projects on your computer, and generally speaking, a tablet or smartphone will be insufficient or cramped.
• Material is geared for 6th to 12th grade students in a self-study environment. Teachers do not have to be computer science experts themselves; that’s why I am here! Younger students may participate at their discretion; just be prepared as a teacher to offer them additional guidance and assistance as needed.
• Students should already be fundamentally familiar with computers for daily use. We will not be covering computer “literacy” topics such as how to use a mouse, keyboard, or navigating through your operating system.
• We will not be teaching word processing spreadsheets, or presentations, nor are these skills needed for our work!
Check out our monthly schedule on the attached PDF: “Computer Science Monthly Schedule” to see what topics we’ll be covering this year! But for a quick look, we’ll cover topics like: Basic Website Design with HTML (September), Programming Concepts with Greenfoot, Parts 1 and 2 (November and December), Minecraft Mods for Beginners (January), Exploring Lego Digital Designer (February), and much more. Our course is planned to carry through July 2014.
. . Chris Yust is 15-plus-year software engineering professional and homeschool dad to two boys. After finding little homeschool support available for computer science students, Chris and his wife Andrea created Homeschool Programming, Inc. and have co-written more than six introductory computer programming textbooks for kids and teens. Chris and Andrea are passionate about making technical subjects fun for kids and increasing awareness of computer science as a high-paying, in-demand job in this digital age! Chris has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area. For more information on self-study curriculum for Java, C#, Visual Basic, HTML / web design, and Android app development, please visit www.HomeschoolProgramming.com
My primary goal is to get your kids excited about Computer Science by lightly surveying a number of interesting topics with engaging activities. This Computer Science class is generally expected to take 1-2 hours per week to complete the weekly lessons.Students who complete the entire year should be comfortable receiving 0.5 Computer Science credits on a transcript.
(Deeper resources can be found at my site: www.homeschoolprogramming.com. Here, we expect the KidCoder and TeenCoder students to be spending 3-5 hours a week on more intensive study, and recommend 0.5 credits per semester, or 1.0 credit per year, for those courses.)
* Please be informed of your own state’s academic requirements. http://schoolhouseconnect.com/state-homeschool-laws/
For transcript help, go to http://schoolhouseteachers.com/2013/05/creating-a-transcript/