[IAEP] Why is Scratch more popular than Etoys?

Maria Droujkova droujkova at gmail.com
Sun Sep 11 16:54:16 EDT 2011

Scratch looks a bit more sleek (modern?) and is a bit easier to use. I think
these bits add up.

I think Scratch has easier media tools, but I may be mistaken there - maybe
I just don't know how to use Etoys media tools.

Maria Droujkova

Make math your own, to make your own math

On Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 10:04 PM, Steve Thomas <sthomas1 at gosargon.com> wrote:

> I have taught both Scratch and Etoys to kids and hands down most kids
> prefer Scratch.  I also prefer Scratch for certain things, but prefer Etoys
> for most learning and teaching.
> What can we learn from Scratch (and TurtleArt et al) to improve Etoys?  And
> vice versa what can be done to improve Scratch?
> .
> I have ideas, which I will share later, but I am curious to hear the
> thoughts of others (as mine add nothing to my current understanding and
> repeating them will simply further ingrain incomplete and incorrect
> assumptions and prejudices ;)
> Stephen
> P.S. I fully believe kids should learn multiple languages and am not
> looking for the "one ring to rule them all."  Each language/environment has
> its advantages and we need multiple.
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