[OT] - Are computers in education better now than 20 years ago?
Michael L Torrie
torriem at chem.byu.edu
Mon Feb 12 13:02:58 MST 2007
On Mon, 2007-02-12 at 12:58 -0700, Levi Pearson wrote:
> > I should really look more into Squeak to see if it makes doing this easy or not.
> > Dan
> Squeak is very cool, but not as a system for making programs that look
> like a typical user would expect a program to look like.
Why is this a problem? None of the programs I every wrote when I was in
elementary school looked like anything commercial. That simply wasn't
the point. The idea is to educate a student on how a computer works and
how to write programs.
> I do think
> it's a great educational computer platform, since it's got stuff in it
> that looks fun to kids and makes it relatively easy to figure out how
> to do similar things. The main trouble is that there's a LOT of stuff
> in Squeak, and it's not all terribly well documented. It's a very
> powerful system, though, and anyone curious about what it can do
> should watch one of the many Alan Kay presentations on YouTube, in
> which he uses Squeak as his slideshow mechanism and demos all sorts of
> nifty stuff.
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