Teach students how to find built-in Java methods in the Javadocs documentation so they can are prepared to use this skill on the AP CS exam.

  • Navigating through Javadocs is a vital skill to develop prior to the AP A exam.
  • Have students do a "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" type scavenger hunt.
    • Give students a starting page in Javadocs and an ending page.
    • Students must click through the Javadocs documentation to get from the starting page to the ending page in the fewest number of clicks possible.
    • For example, what is the path between Image and String?
  • Note from the CS Teaching Tips Team: Check out our tip by Dani McAvoy on getting students comfortable with reading Javadocs for ways to help students build familiarity.

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External Source
Leigh Ann Sudol-DeLyser’s notes from 2009 AP CS A exam.