[squeakland] Etoys on Sugar in the Classroom

kharness at illinois.edu kharness at illinois.edu
Tue Feb 9 08:38:31 EST 2010

It is possible for very young students to use Etoys and to learn quite a lot. I have posted projects and lesson plans which I have used with K and 1st graders. Lynne May, let me know if I can help beyond this.

The projects are part of the set of CS4K5 materials I am writing and are posted at EtoysIllinois.org.  All of the projects assume 40 minutes of instruction once a week and are paced so that the projects will be finished by the end of an academic year. Very young students can't be hurried; that is the key to making sure they enjoy what they are learning. It is very easy to plan too large a project and then to push them forward too fast. 

The example projects they look pretty simple to adult eyes but are solid accomplishments for children five or six years old.

---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 11:00:01 -0800
>From: Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de>  
>Subject: [squeakland] Etoys on Sugar in the Classroom  
>To: "squeakland.org mailing list" <squeakland at squeakland.org>
>   http://blog.melchua.com/2010/02/06/lynne-mays-soas-deployment/
>     * Lynne May is continuing to work with school
>       administration on getting (and keeping!) our
>       all-clear-to-proceed status, and starting to
>       think about how to inform parents. She’s also
>       spending more time getting to know
>       various Activities, as shehas played with Sugar
>       multiple times before, but never in the “how
>       will I use this in my classroom right now?”
>       sense. Last night’s adventure was Etoys, which
>       was ultimately deemed too difficult to work with
>       first-graders on within the scope of our
>       deployment. We would loveto be proven wrong
>       about this, by the way – the concern is mostly
>       that we’d spend so much time getting through
>       the basics of Etoys that this is all we’d be
>       able to do for the last 4 months of the school
>       year.
>   - Bert -
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>squeakland at squeakland.org

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