Early Learning Programming

Some visual scripting languages I want to investigate for early learning..

  1. http://scratch.mit.edu/
  2. http://processing.org/
  3. http://research.microsoft.com/projects/boku/ – can’t try this but will look at it
  4. www.Alice.org
  5. http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker
  6. http://www.popfly.com/

I think what I’ll do is write a simple game (sliding block puzzle or towers of hanoi) in each of the systems and see which I think is easiest…   I think the problems that kids should be solving should be ‘scientific’ or ‘mathematicaI’ or programm’y.

But that’s my opinion – the kids just want to get from zero to Grand Theft Auto or Halo in 2 easy steps! But I can only see so many pre-animated guys or gals with guns running and shooting badly in some 3D scripting world.

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