[Edu-sig] Learning from a book...

Jeffrey Elkner jelkner@yorktown.arlington.k12.va.us
Fri, 11 Feb 2000 08:36:47 -0500

I completely agree with Dustin.  In fact, books are probably more "crucial"
for teachers than they are for students, but in any case having good textbooks
is a necessary but not sufficient condition for getting Python into schools.  We
also need the other kinds of support materials that Dustin lists.  A really
good example of kind of materials that we need is the livewires materials that
Richard Crook and Gareth McCaughan sent me.  I am using them in my classroom
now and they are proving very effective.  The Open Book Project
(http://yhslug.tux.org/obp) will have those materials up within a week. 
Livewires also has some nice training materials at:


Perhaps Guido could include these on the edu-sig page?  Thanks


On Thu, 10 Feb 2000, Dustin James Mitchell wrote:
> Books are crucial, but kids learning in school will not learn from a book
> -- learning is much more effective when it comes through multiple
> channels (blackboard, overhead demonstrations, gesticulations, pictures,
> manipulatives, etc), and we need to support all of the available channels
> if we want to be maximally successful.
> Dustin