[Squeakland] nearly tearful success story

Mark Engelberg mark.engelberg at gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 10:29:30 PDT 2005

Thanks for the story.  I'd love to hear more details about what you're
teaching them.  What curriculum are you using with the girls?  Are you
using the "Powerful Ideas" book, or something else?  If something
else, what?


On 10/25/05, Randy Heiland <heiland at indiana.edu> wrote:
> I just wanted to report another successful introduction of Squeak/eToys to a
> young group of children here in Indianapolis.  I began a new Squeak workshop
> (for 6-8 year old girls) at an after-school community center last night and
> came away once again rejuvenated about seeing children excited to do
> something creative on a computer.  I say it was a "nearly tearful success"
> simply because their computer lab was very small so the girls had to
> triple-up on each computer and take turns and, well, not everyone got as
> much as they would have liked which generated some sadness.
> It was just the beginning of this particular workshop and we got no further
> than the basics, but I can tell that the girls were already very excited
> about using eToys and I look forward to our remaining sessions.
> I don't believe the Squeak/eToys developers hear it often enough, so, again,
> thanks for this remarkable piece of software.
> --Randy
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