[Edu-sig] Don't kids program anymore?

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Sun Apr 30 21:47:00 CEST 2006

On 4/30/06, Michael Tobis <mtobis at gmail.com> wrote:
> Most kids, most humans in general, will voluntarily spend many hours
> in such environments. The game industry proves this. That the graphics
> are amusing is secondary to the design of interesting vs dull games.
> What keeps games interesting is that they stay near the optimum flow
> point between triviality and frustration. This impulse can and should
> be channelled toward useful skills.
> mt

I'm glad you mention REWARD.  Many of us share this vision:  find a
way to disburse credits via distance education circuits such that
those putting in the hard work of actually learning this stuff
actually get rewarded, and not just in heaven, but on this very Earth
as well.  You'd think it wouldn't be so hard, given ample precedents,
including clippable coupons or ID specific promotionals (e.g. use this
code for a free subscription to...).

As soon as you start making a return (maybe not in terms of cash, but
in terms of barter, which eCommerce makes easier), the "school space"
gives way to the "work place" i.e. they're paying you instead of
you're paying them -- or at least it's more of a 2-way street.



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