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Sabotage: Teach Debugging By Stealth

An alternative approach to helping children debug syntax errors

Alan O'Donohoe

Created by Alan O'Donohoe
last edited Feb 17 2015 by Alan O'Donohoe


I first published a blog post in November 2013 that describes ‘Sabotage’; a teaching strategy I conceived to help children debug their own errors rather than depend on me to fix the errors for them.

The emphasis is on fun and trying to catch others out, rather than sit there being frustrated at not being able to understand why their script does not work.

This activity is now a regular part of our Jam Packed events.

Link to the blog post http://teachcomputing.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/sabotage-teach-debugging-by-stealth/

Level: (All)

Duration: (20 Minutes)

Teaches: (Debugging errors)

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