[IAEP] Etoys, is it difficult or easy?
alan.nemo at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 28 09:21:58 EDT 2010
A key work here is the classic
"Towards A Theory Of Instruction" by Jerome Bruner, Harvard/Belknap Press, 1965.
This is a must for anyone who is interested in designing and inventing learning
From: "forster at ozonline.com.au" <forster at ozonline.com.au>
To: kksubbu.ml at gmail.com
Cc: Cherry Withers <cwithers at ekindling.org>; Tim McNamara
<paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz>; danielgastelu at yahoo.com.ar; Dr. Gerald Ardito
<gerald.ardito at gmail.com>; Steve Thomas <stevesargon at gmail.com>;
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Sent: Tue, September 28, 2010 5:45:39 AM
Subject: Re: [IAEP] Etoys, is it difficult or easy?
More on visual and text programming languages
Quoting "K. K. Subramaniam" <kksubbu.ml at gmail.com>:
> On Tuesday 28 Sep 2010 2:59:57 am Dr. Gerald Ardito wrote:
>> The 5th graders took pretty well to Etoys. It is the drawing piece that
>> hooks them, and then the scripting part that really challenges them. And
>> the 7th and 8th graders love Scratch. It is interesting to me because they
>> also do plenty of "painting" of sprites and backgrounds, but something
>> about the bricks seems to match their thinking process.
> This could be due to Stroop Effect.
> 5th graders may prefer to doodle with colors, shapes, icons and "physical
> models". They can spend more time with manipulating morphs directly and
> creating patterns in Etoys. 7th graders, with their language dominant modes,
> look upon this as "kids stuff" and would dive right into
> "programming". For the
> literates, Scratch is much easier than Etoys.
>> I am getting ready to introduce my current 7th grade classes to Scratch and
>> am looking forward to that
> I came across some cases where this "doodling" actually helped boost learning
> levels (across the board). So don't give up on Etoys yet :-). Dual modes
> (visual/textual) may be a good thing.
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