Introducing children and/or school to Squeak

James Howe jwh at
Tue May 8 10:40:21 PDT 2001

I have two sons, ages 7 and 10, who attend a local charter school.  The 
school has a very nice computer lab with both Macintosh and Windows-based 
PCs.  The school currently covers K-5 but in the fall will be expanding to 
include grades 6-8.  The school does use computers in conjunction with the 
curriculum, but the students are pretty much limited to the use of 
HyperStudio to do their work.

I am very interested in getting Squeak introduced to our school.  I think 
it would offer the students the ability to do far more than 
HyperStudio.  However, I'm not sure how to get the school to look into 
Squeak.  Are there any Squeak-based curriculums available which I could 
demo to the teachers to show how Squeak might be used in a school 
environment?  I know I could show them Squeakland, but I think they would 
want to have some more ideas on how to actually teach and use Squeak.  Even 
if the school doesn't want to use Squeak, I work with a couple of people 
with school age kids who are interested in introducing Squeak to our 
children.  I would be very interested in ideas for projects for kids in the 
7-12 age group and tips on how to introduce Squeak to kids.


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