Scratch

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Scratch is a great tool for teaching programming to young children, but what happens when kids outgrow Scratch? Among Raspberry Pi aficionados, the typical answer is to advance to using Python, which is an excellent choice. However, in honor of the 50th birthday of BASIC, I would like to suggest... Read more
5 comments Posted 24 Apr 2014 by Joshua Holm Feed
open source learning
Imagine being a high school freshman walking down the halls of your new school on the very first day. You somehow make it to first period without becoming epically lost in the unfamiliar halls. Finally, the bell rings, signaling that you've officially made it through your first high school class... Read more
2 comments Posted 16 Jan 2014 by Lauren Egts Feed
open source coding
At OSCON this year, Regina ten Bruggencate and Kim Spiritus gave a talk called How To Get More Kids To Code. I got in late (I was waiting in line to get a free signed copy of The Art of Community by Jono Bacon) so I missed the beginning of this session, but came in as they were demoing Scratch.... Read more
11 comments Posted 28 Sep 2013 by Nicole C. Engard Feed
open education in schools
The growing shortage of qualified programmers, computer scientists and software engineers is gathering significant attention in the media and popular press. Recent efforts from the non-profit organization Code.org have helped shine light on the problem—software is the defining industry of the 21st ... Read more
4 comments Posted 22 Aug 2013 by Charlie Reisinger Feed
The Dave and Gunnar Show podcast
The Dave and Gunnar Show is a new podcast series talking about government, open source, and a sprinkling of Red Hat projects. I recently discovered it and thought the opensource.com audience might enjoy it too. What do you think? Episode 10, Go Ugly Early particulary struck me. Give it a listen:
1 comment Posted 31 May 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
kid universe
Coding is the language of the future, with the power to create and modify the computer programs and websites that increasingly shape our day-to-day lives. While millions of people in the United States spend hours each day engaged with interactive technologies, relatively few truly understand how... Read more
10 comments Posted 15 Apr 2013 by Rebecca Lindegren Feed
favoring open source
As a parent of three (children aged: 10, 7, and 5), I'm eager to share with my kids the values that attracted me to open source and the hacker ethos: sharing and building great things together, taking control of your environment, and embracing technology as a means of expression, rather than as... Read more
23 comments Posted 26 Feb 2013 by Dave Neary (Red Hat) Feed
Share your data
The Rochester Institute of Technology Gollisano College Dean's Lecture Series established in 2003 was "designed to expose 'real world' experts to our students and to provide professional development opportunities for our alumni and community friends." Last year brought Walter Bender of Sugar Labs... Read more
5 comments Posted 22 Sep 2011 by Remy DeCausemaker Feed
Do you ever wish your kids would do something besides play video games on the computer? What if you could get a head start teaching them to be the next generation of open source developers? Computers are increasingly easy to use, but programming is far more complex--and less accessible. For many of... Read more
4 comments Posted 30 Jun 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Two weeks ago, 16 Girl Scouts and their troops' leaders went to RIT for a Scratch-fueled, day-long workshop in game design and development in pursuit of their "Games for Life" interest project. The workshop was the fifth sponsored by RIT's School of Interactive Games and Media, Rochester Women in... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 May 2011 by Remy DeCausemaker Feed

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