Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Good Idea


  1. Hi,
    Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Homeschooling Community? Our members will appreciate it.
    Members include: Homeschooling parents, families, experts, advocates and organizations.
    It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website. You can also add Articles, Photos, Videos and Classifieds if you like.
    Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
    Please feel free to share as often and as much as you like.
    The Homeschooling Community: http://www.vorts.com/homeschooling/
    I hope you consider sharing with us.
    Thank you,
    James Kaufman, Editor

  2. I’m creating awareness to the parents, teachers and home educators about fostering young learners to embrace computing skill at an early age, whether or not they grow up to be another Steve Jobs.
    Yeah, I know, some would say they are too young to learn, programming is cryptic, etc.

    Well, it’s about time to change that mind-set. Programming diverse in many ways, and it’s not necessarily be involved with enigmatic coding or perplexing scripting. With advancement of today’s technology, it is made possible even to teach children as early as 8.

    One programming software worth touching on is “Scratch”, developed by Lifelong Kindergarten (http://llk.media.mit.edu/ ) at MIT Media Lab, designed for children 8 yrs and above. Scratch is a visual programming language made up of bricks, that are dragged and snapped together to make a program. Just like Lego, it uses hardware bricks to make objects, Scratch uses software bricks to make a program. Moreover, teaching guides, communities and other resources are all available on their website to help instructors get rolling.
    What's more ?? Scratch is free !!!

    I’ve just started a blog (www.scratchingarduino.blogspot.com ), hopefully bringing together young learners, enthusiasts, or non-programmers alike, to get started with creative computing. There’ll be tutorials along the path. As it progress, I will also blog about physical computing (also with Scratch) where interfacing with sensors and “homemade” robotics should preserve the interest for a while.

    By the way, this is not some sort of a marketing or promotional gimmick. I’m just another semi-retired old dude, struggling ways and means to do something, instead of sitting at home waiting for that “inevitable moment”. Community service would be the best option, I felt.

    Please help spread the word if you think this is helpful.