[Squeakland] Demoing Etoys to kids

subbukk subbukk at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 02:18:21 PDT 2007

On Saturday 11 August 2007 4:28 pm, Luke Gorrie wrote:
> 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.
Kids these days tends to see computer as a video game machine, so I would 
recommend activities that project computer as a dynamic medium to record 
their ideas about the world around them.

Create a modeling workshop (sand, paper, paint, sheets, glue etc.). Let them 
build their favorite story board or toy setup. Then, have an adult guide them 
on how to do the same in Etoys. The result may come out looking funny :-) the 
first time around, but to the kid it sure looks great. It is important that
   a) The idea come from the kid (i.e not from a craft book),
   b) It has to be about something around them (not about a penguin from 
antartica :-))
   c) The kid should use the keyboard and mouse (not the adult). Allow the kid 
to think and assist only requested.

Hope this helps .. Subbu

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