I have already tried Visual programming with my classes, and to great success.
A strategy I used to encourage students to either collaborate or explain their thinking/understanding in programming was to use an unplugged activity.
Using code that they had designed from Code.org, I got screenshots printed up of both the code and a maze activity element. Students were then given half of the puzzle each. They then had to try and match up which code went with which maze.
The discussion and language to justify their choices, and the need to work together was great. Very challenging at first, but then they got in to the swing of it.
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- Rebecca Vivian: Love this idea, David. It’s great for developing code comprehension!
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