The Seniors Final Exams are officially over tomorrow (Friday), but my AP class ended yesterday. In the final tally, I have nine PocketPC applications in various states of done to look over. In alphabetical order (to avoid showing favoritism), I’ve got Checkers, MiniGolf, Misslie Command, Poker, Risk, SlotMachine, 2 Tic-Tac-Toes, and a Tip Calculator. Some look wonderful, others naturally less so. It all boiled down to how much the students wanted to do, which is what this was all about. The three or so weeks Post-AP had to be productive but not taxing, challenging but not painful, interesting but not gratuitously so, … in other words, impossible to define.
These PocketPC applications are supposed to show the students that they can apply some of what they’ve learned over the years on a completely unstructured project, bigger than they’ve typically seen before, with the result being something they can be proud of. For those who actively threw themselves into it, these goals were achieved.