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Hour of Code - Timecraft Issues

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  • Debbie Alexander Community moderator
    Beacon of Knowledge Expert (Gold) Moderator

    Well, Daniel Jones I agree that those things do happen in Hour of Code. I am not sure they are errors, but they might seem unfamiliar.

    For example, the trumpet looks like it is picked up when the agent is standing atop the thing, but until you use the collect all command, it is still there. IOW if you were to walk back and forth, I am pretty sure it would still be there. It only gets picked up when you collect it, and that's when you see that exciting "Congratulations!" screen.

    It is also true that only one instance of Hour of Code saves. I have to delete the previous game to have additional students use the same account. Not too much to do, though. Just manage > delete. =]

    I will check #3 out. =] But I use the strategy of step by step coding with my students all of the time! As they gain confidence, they choose to create longer code sections on their own, in my experience.

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  • Daniel Jones

    Debbie,

    Thanks for getting back to me.

    • I have seen multiple instance where students have collected the trumpet(or at least it is no longer visible) but because their program doesn't end on the correct spot it doesn't trigger the completion.
    • I know this a bigger issue with how Minecraft Education works but it would be nice if students were logging into their own accounts that it would separate those from the other saves, that way when a student logs in on that computer he/she only see saves they have made in using their login.
    • The reset but is so valuable for trying again. I have seen multiple students get frustrated since every time they run their program it doesn't start from the beginning like they have experienced in many other coding environments (Scratch, code.org, etc.)
    • One new thing that I have noticed that is a little confusing for students is that they use the talk device and press buttons with the same mouse button. I have had multiple students struggle with the fact that they went to click a button and instead they got the message "no activities are available at this time". This is because they missed the hitting the button and instead activated the talk device instead. Once again I know this is a fundamental part of how Minecraft works so I just wanted you to know and see if there are solutions.
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  • Debbie Alexander Community moderator
    Beacon of Knowledge Expert (Gold) Moderator

    On your last point, I also have seen student be confused when they tried to click on a button - but they were standing too far away, and as a result they did activate the talk device and get the "no activities" message you mention. I also agree that this is confusing, and I prepare my students in advance for this because of it.

    Thanks for all of the feedback!

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  • Daniel Jones

    Thanks for your responses, I have been identifying these issues and helping students work through them. One other thing that would be awesome is an option to skip the intro and an option to jump to a specific puzzle so a teacher like myself could provide direct instruction without having to navigate the game to do it.

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  • Penny Support Team
    Beacon of Knowledge Expert (Gold) Support Team Member

    Thank you both for this discussion!  I'll make sure to pass on to the team.

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