[squeak-dev] Dynabook concept, critic view

David T. Lewis lewis at mail.msen.com
Fri Jul 20 17:18:41 UTC 2018


I see, it makes perfect sense now. I am looking forward to more of
your writings :-)


On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 10:41:28AM +0200, Hilaire wrote:
> Hi Dave,
> Regarding the teachers, you are right they were involved :) I used Etoys
> with students too, and wrote Dr. Geo for it and some other small Etoys
> controllable artifacts.
> What I have in mind in this latter writing is a different form of
> teacher oriented support/care/attention.
> By teacher support, I think about contents artifacts a teacher can use
> to directly support her/his teaching, whatever the used *teaching
> model*. Etoys is very constructivism oriented and I think it restrains
> too much its use case. Sometime the teacher just want to demo a concept
> with a computerized simulation - as it can be done in geometry with
> Dr.Geo. Computerized models/micro-world like theses are very
> useful/practical to teacher, to quickly set up a demo or an activity. If
> it takes too much time to set up such activities, most teachers will not
> do it. Some other time, a teacher may just want to build quickly a drill
> activity with embarked computerized model/simulation.
> All this kind of support were missing in Etoys, because Etoys is
> children oriented, not teacher oriented. This is roughly what I mean in
> my article conclusion. I planned to elaborate more on other writings.
> Years ago (around 2010) I exposed very briefly this position to the
> Etoys fellows. But I was then occupied by other activities.
> Thanks
> Hilaire
> Le 19/07/2018 ?? 18:58, David T. Lewis a ??crit??:
> > Regarding teachers, I had the impression that teachers were very active
> > and involved in the Etoys project. I recall from that mailing list
> > (http://lists.squeakland.org/pipermail/etoys-dev/) that much of the
> > discussions came from teachers, and the people doing development seemed
> > to be focused on supporting them. Maybe someone who was involved in the
> > project can comment further, but that was my impression.
> -- 
> Dr. Geo
> http://drgeo.eu

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