Hey all, 

I'm evaluating several different programming environments for some inquisitive third graders of average academic performance. They're not geniuses, just curious!

So far I've examined:
  • Squeak Etoys
  • Scratch
  • LOGO
Does anyone have any other suggestions and/or thoughts about it?


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I've used scratch a lot and I love. Last winter/spring I ran an afterschool scratch club and this summer I'm teaching a pair summer camps.
Hi Dale, we will like to know more about your scratch club. pl send me a msg if possible.
Alice Story telling, easier then scratch free too for PC... http://www.alice.org/kelleher/storytelling/

Here is an example... http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/2009/02/alice-storytelling.html
I would love to introduce them to Python. Thanks for the suggestions!
Scratch is amazing I've been using it in my middle school IT classes for the past 3 years. It's a fully drag and drop interface so students can learn through exploration. Apart from being a programming language scratch is also an online community of learners. Students can share their creations online, download other programs to see how they were created, and modify / remix them.

Here is a game one of my grade 7 girls created this year.
Have you found a good version of Logo to use with your students?
Well, with middle school students I've used FMS Logo and they did alright with that. I've also used Squeak Etoys with them and it worked. But I don't know if those are as accessible to 8 year olds.



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