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Teen Itching to Learn Programming?

Here is an idea for teaching your homeschool children computer literacy!  The Scratch Website from MIT may be a perfect fit!  Read this article in Communications of the ACM, called Scratch: Programming for All.

The article says that "Digital fluency" should mean designing, creating, and remixing, not just browsing, chatting, and interacting.  It says that just using a computer is like knowing how to read, but not write.  They promote computer programming in a fun, non-threatening way for children 8 to adult.

A growing number of  schools around the world use Scratch as a first step into programming. Scratch is used by K–12 schools, and universities like Harvard and University of California, Berkeley).  "We wanted to make it easy for everyone, of all ages, backgrounds, and interests, to program their own interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations, and share their creations with one another."

Check out the Scratch Website at MIT

Thank you to my son Kevin, for pointing out this wonderful opportunity for homeschoolers!

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Comments 3

Guest - Michael Badger (website) on Thursday, 03 December 2009 16:45

Scratch is an incredibly friendly programming language to learn. It's drag-n-drop interface makes programming a snap that anyone can learn. Even if parents don't know any programming language, they could learn the basics with Scratch and then turn around and teach it.

Scratch is an incredibly friendly programming language to learn. It's drag-n-drop interface makes programming a snap that anyone can learn. Even if parents don't know any programming language, they could learn the basics with Scratch and then turn around and teach it.
Guest - dawn devore on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:20

Thanks for enhacing my children's life.

Thanks for enhacing my children's life.
Guest - karen on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:03

My kids love scratch.

My kids love scratch.
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