[Squeakland] two hours of tales (squeak etoy video tutorials)
timothy at immuexa.com
Thu Oct 18 11:41:45 PDT 2007
I've just posted my eighth 15-minute Squeaky Tales tutorial, bringing
the collective time to two hours of Etoys fun:
My plan is to create four 15-minute movies each week for the next
eight weeks for a total of ten hours of video tutorial.
How does this translate to the classroom? I'm not completely sure
yet, but I'd guess that each 15-minute tutorial could form the basis
for an hour of hands-on instruction, with the mentor first presenting
the concepts in their own fashion, then leading the class for the
remainder of the time. The videos themselves are aimed at the
mentor, not at the students, though I suspect older students could
watch the videos on their own.
What topics will I cover? Well, I'm trying to make the Squeaky Tales
series as subject-neutral as possible. My hope is that this approach
will allow mentors to adapt the concepts to different ages and
subjects more easily. By necessity, there will be rudimentary math
concepts like addition and multiplication, but these will be
presented as a means to another end, not a discussion of math itself.
As the name of the series implies, my ultimate goal is storytelling.
I'm teaching programming as a means to telling stories, which
hopefully will engage students that might otherwise be timid about
math and science.
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