[Squeakland] Demoing Etoys to kids

Alan Kay alan.kay at squeakland.org
Sat Aug 11 10:09:42 PDT 2007

Hi Luke --

Kim knows where this stuff is better than I, but there is quite a bit 
of material about introductory use on squeakland.org. The "make a car 
and drive it" is always a good one to start off with. Most of these 
exercises are in Kim's book, and she can send you a pointer to some pdfs.

You could also look at the half-finished (but still 50 page) doc I 
did for OLPC. It has lots of different examples.

This is at http://www.vpri.org/pdf/OLPCCountries_RN-2007-006-a.pdf .

Also, we just met some folks from Nepal who have been actively doing 
Etoys there for a few years. Kim might have their email addresses....



At 03:58 AM 8/11/2007, Luke Gorrie wrote:
>Can anyone suggest a fun way to demo Etoys to kids aged around 10-12?
>A friend and I are helping out with a couple of summer camps for kids
>and we're looking for an opportunity to bring Etoys into the mix,
>either one on one or with a small group, and for only a short period
>of time (30-60 minutes, say). Most of the kids only speak arabic, we
>have one OLPC XO and several other laptops.
>Our first idea was the "Etoys Challenge for Novices" from the OLPC XO
>but we wonder if this is a bit ambitious based on half an hour with a
>bright 12-year-old who can read english (I'm not sure).
>What we'd like is for kids to be amused and to have some glimpse of
>what a computer is like, and for ourselves to learn a bit about how
>kids deal with computers. Any advice would be welcome.
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