[Edu-sig] CS teaching approaches

Michael H. Goldwasser goldwamh at slu.edu
Sat Dec 19 15:20:26 CET 2009

Hi Roberto,

Although I know you've sent this question to a Python mailing list,
and I am a fan of Python in general, I'd strongly recommend using
Scratch as a first language for that age group.

It includes Turtle Art functionality, but so much more as well.  See
http://scratch.mit.edu for details, and they even have an educators
forum at http://scratched.media.mit.edu.

With regard,

On Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 5:43 AM, roberto <roberto03 at gmail.com> wrote:
> hello,
> i will start introductory CS courses for middle school students (age 10 -13);
> i will mainly make use of logo-like languages and approaches, Turtle
> Art among a couple of others;
> i'd like to ask if you know which the most widespread approaches to CS
> teaching are today for young students, or if someone has collected on
> the web a simple classification among different approaches, showing
> similarities and differences;
> i'd like to let students taste something new and then report back to
> you the result of the courses
> thank you very much in advance
> --
> roberto
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