Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Scratch from MIT

Have you played with Scratch? If not, its a program developed at MIT to make it really easy to program animations. Below is a video of how it works, and you can visit my first project. It came out a little goofy, though. That's the problem with Scratch, so far. Its still kind of buggy and idiosyncratic. Hopefully future versions will fix user interface problems like what challenged me. But its a great introduction to the genre of everybody-accessible computer programming. Should we be planning to include more rigorous tech literacy in our school system? We do basic things, like how to use word processing and navigate desktops. But when should we introduce code concepts like loops and logical branching?

Here's Scratch's video to explain itself.

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