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Shalabh 2023-08-19 02:42:17

I’ve been doing Scratch with kids recently and while it’s fun, I’m looking for something next level. Specifically things like no shared custom blocks across sprites is becoming problematic (copy paste issues). Any recommendations?

Jack Rusher 2023-08-19 19:12:17

Do you want it to still be a block language? If not, consider:

📝 Bootstrap

Teaching Algebra through Computer Science

Shalabh 2023-08-19 19:26:59

ooh interesting - thanks! doesn’t have to be a block language.

smt 2023-08-19 21:10:33

curious how the scratch has been going, and how old they are? my angle is i have 2 kids (11 and 12) whose parents have been paying me for the past 2 years to teach them computers, and in the time i've been trying all sorts of stuff

David Alan Hjelle 2023-08-20 02:11:53

I don't have much experience in this area (you know, teaching actual kids), but I have looked quite a few things that might be appropriate:

I'd be curious if anyone has pros/cons of these to share — I've been collecting a list, but haven't tried any of them.

Eli Mellen 2023-08-24 00:33:31

my oldest has expressed interest in programming; we started with scratch, and, after about a year-ish of a little bit of that I’ve been slowly working in some tic-80.

Tic-80 is nice because it offers flexibility of syntax (fennel, janet, lua, wren, javascript, scheme, and I think a few others) while balancing out it being really quick to get something to show up on screen.

📝 TIC-80 tiny computer

fantasy computer for making, playing and sharing tiny games

Jack Rusher 2023-08-24 09:11:39

@Eli Mellen 👍 I think games and art are especially good for this purpose, both because they’re visual and (usually) innately interesting to kids, but also because the work products can be shared with friends, which is a very strong motivation for most neurotypical humans

Eli Mellen 2023-08-24 10:43:15

1000% to that, Jack Rusher -- when I was young, in middle and high school, I think that is exactly why I was so drawn to web stuff. The immediacy of typing into a little css/html interface and having stuff appear in the browser was lovely and empowering.

Neopets forever ✊