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Re: Teaching Perl to Children

by andyf (Pilgrim)
on May 27, 2004 at 16:03 UTC ( #356958=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Teaching Perl to Children

One word about teaching littluns code. Motivation. In my generation of geeks computers were new and interesting, and the motive was self generated. Today computers are so commonplace kids have a nonchalent disinterest.

But there is a foolproof way to engage them. Give them ownership of something. Not in a materialistic way, like their own computer, but in a virtual way, like their own home directory or website. Kids are naturally selfish, in a good way, so when they hear me talk about 'my home directory' the first thing I start hearing is "When can I have MY home directory?". Well, "right away" I say and create a user account. So now they want to add things, a custom login screen, a guestbook for their friends to visit, and so on. With these motivational hooks you have a reason and a context to teach.
Andy


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