Program animation

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The project developed and investigated Jeliot, a system for automatic animation of computer programs. The project was a collaboration of the Weizmann Institute of Science and the University of Joensuu in Finland. Research showed that novices learning computer programming were better able to understanding programming constructs. Teachers who were asked to adopt the system demonstrated four behaviors: 1. Adapting the system and integrating it into their own style of teaching, 2. Using the system “by-the-book” as when they were taught the system, but without integrating it into their teaching, 3. Rejecting the use of the system, claiming that it did not help the students, 4. Dissonance brought about by feeling that they lacked control over the system.

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