Activity Type Descriptions

Algorithm Tracing

In computer science, it is common for material presented in beginning classes includes algorithms or programs that the students need to understand. Instead of having the instructor put the algorithm on a transparency and then describe what is happening to students, the students are more involved if they work in groups to trace the algorithm themselves. 

You can also give them a blank transparency to indicate the output they think the program will generate, and they can then share their answer with the class quickly by putting it on the projector, instead of rewriting it on the board.


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Last updated June 26, 2001 by Dr. Jeffrey J. McConnell