Rocky Mountain College * Department of Computer Science * 406 208 3193 *
Computer programming for elementary and junior high students? Easier than you
WARNING: This page is still under construction
This session will include a significant workshop element. Some of
these programs require fairly large downloads, so it's best if
you can try and install the software on your computer before you
arrive. However, we will try to have some USB drives and/or CD/DVDs
around during the presentation in case you are unable to install the
software ahead of time.
The software products that we'll talk about are:
- Scratch from MIT. The
download page is here and
the current version as of the presentation is version 1.4. Runs on
Mac, Windows and Linux.
- Looking Glass by
Washington University of St. Louis. Download page is here, and page
describing some of the educational studies and experience with
"Storytelling Alice" (the predecessor to Looking Glass) is here.
Runs on Mac, Windows and Linux.
(alternate link here).
Not designed as educational software -- it's a flash game, so it's
not installable. Unfortunately, that means it may not be available
through your school's firewall. But it's a serious (while covert) way
to introduce students to programming where people who nothing about
programming can still enjoy the game, and my college students who are
computer science majors still are challenged by the higher levels.
You know we're constantly taking. We don't make most of the
food we eat, we don't grow it, anyway. We wear clothes other
people make, we speak a language other people developed, we use
a mathematics other people evolved and spent their lives
building. I mean we're constantly taking things. It's a
wonderful ecstatic feeling to create something and put it into
the pool of human experience and knowledge. -- Steve Jobs,
Rolling Stone, November 1983.