Children Should Learn Programming Along With Reading and Writing

Boing Boing posts a TEDx talk from Mitch Resnick, of the MIT Media Lab, and creator of Scratch, and a good discussion ensued: “Kids should learn programming as well as reading and writing”. Make sure to watch the talk as well: “Reading, Writing, and Programming: Mitch Resnick at TEDxBeaconStreet”

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The World’s Youngest Programmer?

Discovery News: Meet the Youngest Video Game Programmer: A bright young programmer from Philadelphia recently unveiled a video game involving ballerinas, jewels and vampires — sure to be a hit with young girls. The programmer herself also happens to be seven years old. Zora Ball, a first grader at the Harambee Institute of Science and […]

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Favorite Reads for 2012

Following is a list of books, essays, and articles I read (or re-read) which feel worth sharing or re-sharing on on New Years Eve: Books “Thinking in Systems: A Primer”, by Donella H. Meadows “Release It!”, by Michael T. Nygard “Language in Thought and Action”, by S.I. Hayakawa, Alan R. Hayakawa, and Robert MacNeil “The […]

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Greg Laden: “Is Python The New Basic?”

Greg Laden recently posted some thoughts about “Python for Kids”, a book by Jason Briggs. Recently I discovered the turtle module, which is heavily used in the book, is included in the standard Python distribution when I tripped upon a tutorial at the Open Book Project. I’m going to have to buy the book and […]

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New Book: “Super Scratch Programming Adventure!”

I recently read about no starch press’s “Super Scratch Programming Adventure!” from a post at boingboing and had to purchase a copy. The book looks as terrific in person as it does in the discussion at boingboing. My daughter was happy to see the book when it came in the mail. I’m looking forward to […]

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celandine13: “Often, I think mistakes are more like bugs than errors.”

This was a fascinating post I tripped upon at LiveJournal that I wanted to share. celandine13: Errors vs. Bugs and the End of Stupidity: In fact, wrong notes always have a cause. An immediate physical cause. Just before you play a wrong note, your fingers were in a position that made that wrong note inevitable. […]

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