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SirMungus
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 4:54 am    Post subject: Homeschooling programming curriculum based on ChipWits Reply with quote

Doug,

An abiding interest of mine over the years with ChipWits has been to teach introductory programming concepts to students. Now that I am a 40-ish parent of an 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter that we homeschool, my thoughts on this topic have sharpened.

At a recent homeschooling conference, I spotted a book on introducing programming via Logo. I skimmed through the book and thought, "Uggh! What nastiness to inflict upon a newbie programmer." I longed for a visual language like IBOL in ChipWits.

Getting home, I checked the long-suffering chipwits.com site, and, lo and behold, it no longer said "coming soon". I paid even before downloading the software!

So, I have the following questions:

1) Have you (or has anyone that you know of) developed a curriculum based around ChipWits? I could easily see a semester-worth of material for late elementary/middle school students.

2) Can the tutorials and environments be externalized? The Klaus port of ChipWits has very nice environmental files along the lines of what I'm thinking. It would seem that tutorials could similarly be externalized.

3) Would you like any free contributions from an experienced programmer? I'm extremely bored with what I do 9-5 now Sad , so I do probably 10 hours/week of fun game programming at night Smile . I would gladly contribute tutorials and environments to start.

Thanks.
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dougsharp
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SirMingus,

Wow! What a great offer. We have a lot to talk about, but in general - a big YES!

I need to document the current Mission files, but just to let everyone know - Mark Roth is writing a Mission Editor that will let players twiddle with just about every aspect of a Mission.

Mike Johnston and I both come from an ed background. I taught 5th grade and took courses from Mike who taught in the U of Mn's Curriculum and Intructional Systems Program. Neither of us has the spare cycles to tackle what you are talking about.

FYI - I am going to spend some time making ChipWits easily translatable into other languages - segregating all text into language files.

I am travelling right now, but will reply at more length when I get back home.

Thanks for the energy and ideas. I really want to make ChipWits a collaborative project, so let's keep talking.

Doug
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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FYI - I am going to spend some time making ChipWits easily translatable into other languages - segregating all text into language files.


Bonege! Mi longe deziras ludi Blato-Cerbojn [ChipWits] en Esperanto... Wink
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KlausBreuer
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:53 am    Post subject: Language files Reply with quote

Hi Doug!

Yes, language files are a great idea! It's the reason my port can already be switched between English, German and Polnish. I'm currently talking to a russian chap, and a friend who speaks excellent Spanish. Another very good friend did a French translation, I just have to update the web site...

Besides, once your ChipWits really takes off, a lot of people will make translations for you just to see their name in the credits Smile

Ciao,
Klaus
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:58 am    Post subject: What's your plan for the summer vacation Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:23 am    Post subject: Computer science Reply with quote

Computer science is considered an elective class at the middle school and high school levels. Typicaly elective classes have no prerequisites. Often times what happens is that students who don't have a strong math background (experience with logical thinking) do horrible in a computer class, then what? Some student will not be as fast essay typer and fast thinker as other students.
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