Use a simple IDE to avoid distracting from the actual material; using a complex IDE/programming environment can be overwhelming to students.

  • You can provide a workspace that has options preset to avoid distracting from the material as well.
  • If the available IDEs offer more functionality than students need, make a step-by-step guide for students that describes what they will be using and how to use it. Make sure they know not to change preset options and to avoid functionality they will not need.

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External Source

Interview with Norm Jacobson