Re: Can EToys Teach Me How to Program in Squeak?

Re: Can EToys Teach Me How to Program in Squeak?

Hi Greg —
Please tell me more about your aspirations. There are a number of styles of programming, and there are a number of programming languages, each of which addresses one or more styles.
Squeak Etoys is a style that we made up based on 35 years of experience working with children. We have had very good results with 8-12 year olds over the last 10 years, and this has accounted for its spread around the world. If you did a few things in Etoys, you would be (a) programming, and (b) get some of the feel of being able to make dynamic constructions via programming (c) be learning a few things that would transfer to other programming languages (the overlap is not large though).
I strongly suggest that you get the book “Powerful Ideas in the Classroom” by B-J Allen-Conn and Kim Rose (available through the website or at Amazon). This plus other materials on the website should help get you launched.
Squeak is an open source version of the Xerox PARC Smalltalk (from the late 70s)

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