Simon Forman

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Simon Forman
Posted over 1 year ago
A simple metaphor that makes it easy to teach the essentials of programming.
Ah, yes, the blog post I linked to is sort of like a simple script for someone who knows programming to use with someone who doesn't. It is not meant as a stand-alone introduction in and of itself. Did you try out the "live" version: http://calroc.github.com/aum-gravity/Henry.html ? Also, are you a programmer yourself? I should also mention that, once a person gets the basic idea, I don't see any reason why they shouldn't go on to learn other programming systems and languages. I just see Xerblin as one particular form of "ABC's" of programming, but not neccessarily the only one.
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Simon Forman
Posted over 1 year ago
Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code
I'm working on something that could be considered a minimal Scratch. It's a sort of programmable metaphor that can be embedded in any other computer system. I've implemented versions in Python and Javascript and created a single-page web demo. So far it has been very easy to teach people how to create new "programs" similar to the Scratch pluggable objects within an hour or so. http://calroc.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-teach-anyone-to-program-using.html