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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RE[5]: Scope
by umccullough on Mon 9th May 2011 18:28 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Scope"
umccullough
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2006-01-26

LOGO and BBC BASIC


Our primary school had a lot of Apple II's - we learned LOGO in 1st/2nd grade - and I started to self-teach myself AppleSoft BASIC starting in 3rd grade. The Lab teacher encouraged me, and I spent plenty of lunch/recess time messing with that.

By 7th grade, I had discovered HyperCard - and when I entered highschool, they offered Pascal classes.

My children will be introduced to programming concepts if they show any interest, and at the very least they will have a good understanding of logic and math. I will make sure of this personally, if the school fails to do it ;)

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