[squeakland] Etoys on Sugar in the Classroom

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Feb 9 16:59:26 EST 2010

Thanks Kathleen! I'm cc'ing both Mel and Lynne May to see your reply (I think both might not be subscribed to Squeakland).

- Bert -

On 09.02.2010, at 05:38, <kharness at illinois.edu> wrote:
> Bert,
> 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.
> Kathleen 
> ---- 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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