[Edu-sig] Edu-sig Digest, Vol 31, Issue 16

Andre Roberge andre.roberge at gmail.com
Wed Mar 1 23:25:45 CET 2006

On 3/1/06, Gregor Lingl <glingl at aon.at> wrote:
> There are a few important arguments why not to underestimate the
> importance of a good turtle module in the Python distribution
> (out of the box as vern ceder says).
> 1. Many of us are trying to further the use of Python as a first
> programming language. For them and for their students this would
> make a great advantage.
> 2. At least in  Europe there ar many teachers who have a good
> Logo-experience. But now Logo seems to be largely out of date
> and many are searching for a substitute.

Have you (/they) considered something like Guido van Robot, or RUR-PLE?


> As Python has an outstanding clear syntax (imho much clearer than
> Logo, when it comes to programs beyond turtle-graphics), Python
> would be a great cadidate. Had it a good turtle module, Python were
> an even more seductive offer to all those teachers.
> 3. Compared to its presence in the software world *and* compared
> to its adequacy as a teaching language, the presence of Python
> in the educational area is relative is reatively weak.
> So (many different) things should be done to improve the situation.
> One of these could definitely be the construction of a better turtle
> module, which has apparently been started by now. That's a good thing.
> Everybody hwo wants  (and has time to do so ;-( ), should support it.
> Those who prefer different ways, will (an already do) support those,
> fortunately.
> Regards,
> Gregor

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