Science and Technology : Tools to teach programming to children

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  1. Gorilla

    Gorilla Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/4_tools_for_teaching_kids_to_code.php


    Tools In the Article


    Free:
    Scratch: http://scratch.mit.edu/
    AppInventor: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/
    Alice: http://www.alice.org/


    Software + Hardware:

    http://mindstorms.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx
     
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    someone's got to teach the educators first.. I never seen such a technology
    illiterate bunch as elementary school teachers.. Programming concepts should
    start around the 4th grade.. but so many schools that have computers, use
    the computers like a kind of digital recess.. the teach the kids how to be users,
    not creators.. how to increase font size.. that kind of nonsense.. My oldest is
    starting out with Flash animation and programming.. I want to avoid the confusion
    of teaching just a language separate from a functional application.. I rememmber
    learning C and then saying, "ok, now what".. I knew the syntax but I didn't
    have anything I could immediately use.. I want to avoid that and get down
    the nitty gritty from jump.. I plan to make a project out of setting up a Linux
    box from an old computer.. not the new fangled way with the automatic
    setup.. but the old fashion Slackware way.. piece by piece.. so you have to
    get an understanding of the entire computer in order to set it up.. Their are a
    ton of free development tools available also.. it's going to be interesting
    getting back into it down there on that level..
     
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