[Squeakland] the non universals
subbukk at gmail.com
Fri Aug 24 11:08:48 PDT 2007
On Friday 24 August 2007 4:19 am, Alan Kay wrote:
> One example on the Squeakers DVD
> showed 11 year old Tyrone explaining just how he worked out and
> derived the actual differential equations of motion (in
> intellectually honest and mathematical version that computers make
> very practical).
I read the Powerful Ideas book (over and over!) and watched Tyrone on video.
What I couldn't factor out in this experiment is the extent of BJ's influence
in the outcomes. She comes across as a person who helps kids "learn to
learn". Such talented people are rare. Would'nt such people figure out a way
to get the same outcome without Etoys? In what ways did Etoys amplify her
To take an extreme case - what if a child does not have access (or has rare
access) to teachers? Would Etoys continue to nudge the kids along the right
direction the same way?
Regards .. Subbu
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