[Squeakland] Book Information: Powerful Ideas...

Mitchell, David [CC] David.Mitchell at mail.sprint.com
Thu Aug 14 12:38:30 PDT 2003

I wanted to add my excitement as a homeschooling parent and old-time Squeaker. I'll be placing my order on Squeakland right after your announcement. We have a homeschooling club and I was looking for some modeling projects to do during our science activity days. I have read the StarLogo book (which I liked) but I am really excited to use Squeak.
--David Mitchell

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Kim Rose [mailto:Kim.Rose at viewpointsresearch.org] 
	Sent: Thu 8/14/2003 11:27 AM 
	To: Jimmie Houchin; squeakland at squeakland.org 
	Subject: Re: [Squeakland] Book Information: Powerful Ideas...

	Hi, again, Jimmie -
	We believe the book *will* be of value to homeschoolers such as you
	and your family!  We are aware of the need for materials for
	homeschoolers that can offer "good practices" of integrating the use
	of computers into learning activities.
	The book is intended to serve as an introduction to the Etoy
	component (tile interface) of Squeak and it includes 12 "on-computer"
	projects and several off-computer "excursions" that build upon each
	other in a sequence.  We show connections to the math or science
	concepts the projects are teaching/using. We assume the
	audience/reader to be a newcomer to Squeak/Etoys.
	The book/projects do not necessarily desire or require a classroom
	(althogh we have titled it "...in the classroom").  The projects can
	be completed by a single learner or a small group.
	We hope it will serve to introduce you to what might be possible
	within this learning environment and be a launching pad for you to
	create additional projects of your own.
	At 11:09 AM -0500 8/14/03, Jimmie Houchin wrote:
	>My wife and I homeschool our children.
	>How appropriate or good would the book
	>"Powerful Ideas in the Classroom - Using Squeak to Enhance Math and
	>Science Learning" by BJ Allen-Conn and Kim Rose with Afterword by
	>Alan Kay
	>be for homeschoolers?
	>What kind of knowledge or expections are made of the teacher?
	>Is it appropriate for single students or does it desire a class?
	>Any information regarding the book and homeschooling greatly appreciated.
	>Jimmie Houchin
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	>Squeakland at squeakland.org
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