Linked by David Adams on Sun 8th May 2011 04:15 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Well-known game developer David Braben is a little bit fed up with the state of computer science education these days, which seems to have shifted away from learning programming to some sort of computer-oriented "life skills" class. As the father of eleven and nine year-old boys, I can attest that so far, despite a massive investment on the part of their school in computer equipment, their computer education has consisted mostly of "play this math game" and "don't be victimized by cyber-perverts." Braben's idea to stem this tide: a very, very cheap computer that students can learn to program on.
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it can browse, huh, what ?
by Skai on Mon 9th May 2011 13:49 UTC
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The article states this :

"it looks like Ubuntu may be the distro it ships with. That means it will handle web browsing"

Hmm, wait, beside the fact there's absolutely no relationship between ubuntu and browsing, can somebody tell be WHAT will be browsed without network connection ?

On the other hand the idea is incredibly good.

Young kids are taught how to use a device, not to "hack" into it. Mainly because teachers don't know better either.

Real computer science can come only after a first approach, (say, 1 year of "discovery") and can only be proposed by competent teachers, and to interested kids. Not all of them care about how things work, and again not half of these are interested in making things work the way they want.

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