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Re: How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?

by dave0 (Friar)
on Apr 25, 2005 at 19:44 UTC ( #451313=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?

Maybe I'm a bit out of touch with what 8-year-olds would be capable of or interested in, but it's probably a good idea to avoid Perl. I don't think there's any way an 8-year-old can learn anything interesting in or about Perl in 20 minutes.

If you want to give them a good starting point for learning to program, show them Logo and teach them some of the basics. In 20 minutes, you can probably introduce them to instruction statements and looping, and get them to write a simple program to draw a square using turtle graphics. It's not much, but it lets them actually try to do something themselves.

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by hardburn (Abbot) on Apr 26, 2005 at 13:05 UTC

    dave0++ for mentioning Logo. People often ask if they should teach kids Java or Perl or LISP or whatever, but completely forget about Logo, a language designed specifically for kids.

    "There is no shame in being self-taught, only in not trying to learn in the first place." -- Atrus, Myst: The Book of D'ni.

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