JOURNAL OF COMPUTERS (JCP)
ISSN : 1796-203X
Volume : 2    Issue : 5    Date : July 2007

AnnAnn and AnnAnn.Net: Tools for Teaching Programming
Clare J Hooper, Leslie A Carr, Hugh C Davis, David E Millard, Su A White, and Gary B Wills
Page(s): 9-16
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Abstract
It is difficult for a student to learn about programs and to understand the rational that went into the
development of the parts that led to the whole. Tools for explaining this essentially dynamic process
are limited and typically static in nature, making it difficult for students to understand how it was
developed, or where to start. This paper presents AnnAnn.Net, an animated code annotator which
makes it possible to present the incremental development of code to large groups or for self study.
The tool is designed for ease of use by both lecturers and students. The implementation and the
ration for which are described in detail. The design of the system is underpinned by a sound
pedagogical approach and these are discussed, along with the educational benefits of this
approach are examined.

Index Terms
Learning to Program, literate programming, cognitive apprenticeship, scaffolding, constructivist
learning