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 31 
 on: 2017-02-23 17:05:09 
Started by BurntPizza - Last post by J0
3D tiles could be a thing Wink

 32 
 on: 2017-02-23 16:30:15 
Started by Mac70 - Last post by Abuse
Just to be clear, when I say "teaching programmin" in an elementary school, I expect to make it accordingly, that means no gradle or complex projects, but simple exercises, like moving an character through a 2d tiled-map. Something that also attract their attention and is, somehow, fun.

Teaching programming should be, indeed, teaching how to elaborate and process algorightms

Precisely.

I introduced my 5 year old nephew (mad on Minecraft) to code.org's Minecraft Hour of Code, and he found it incredibly rewarding.
Programming (in all its guises) is already prevalent throughout our society, and will be even more so in the future; introducing it early as a 'play thing' is vital for future learning.

It's hardly a new concept; anyone remember this:

Or this:

 33 
 on: 2017-02-23 16:03:15 
Started by Mac70 - Last post by williamwoles
I my vision the school should be more like a vine fair. You go there you taste a bit of everything and then you choose what you actually like and what you are going to purchase. I agree that it might not be very beneficial for those people who's traits are not exactly good for engineering to be forced to be one. At some point it might also not be bad to give some introduction to programming, but later, when the logical thinking starts forming (reminded me this)


 34 
 on: 2017-02-23 16:02:01 
Started by Mac70 - Last post by elect
Just to be clear, when I say "teaching programmin" in an elementary school, I expect to make it accordingly, that means no gradle or complex projects, but simple exercises, like moving an character through a 2d tiled-map. Something that also attract their attention and is, somehow, fun.

Teaching programming should be, indeed, teaching how to elaborate and process algorightms

 35 
 on: 2017-02-23 15:19:27 
Started by BurntPizza - Last post by CJC
I can finally cut and paste and move tiles around (on x, y and z axes) inside my engine's editor Smiley

Wait, z-axis? With tiles? What is this? I must know! D: I assume this is talking about layers, right?

 36 
 on: 2017-02-23 14:47:18 
Started by Mac70 - Last post by SkyAphid
Schools tend to take the fun out of everything when they teach it. I think all they'd accomplish is raising a bunch of kids who hate programming.

 37 
 on: 2017-02-23 13:46:09 
Started by Mac70 - Last post by princec
My 2p... forcing everyone to learn how to program computers is a bit like forcing everyone to learn how to service car engines or plumb gas boilers. Very useful if you want to be a car mechanic or gas fitter, marginally useful if you one day find yourself in a situation where you can't afford one, but for most people, a total, utter waste of time.

With a RPi available for peanuts there is no real obstacle to any kid wanting to play with programming to trying it at home using old bits of castoff peripherals. We're back in a golden age the likes of which we've not seen since 1980.

Cas Smiley

 38 
 on: 2017-02-23 13:42:51 
Started by Mac70 - Last post by elect
I agree with Abuse, I believe that the younger the children are, the easier is

Their minds are young and "unshaped"... they'll lack theory, but you can start giving them a first touch of programming

I'd compare programming to any other subjects... if you start teaching math & language, I don't see why you shouldn't do also programming

 39 
 on: 2017-02-23 13:33:52 
Started by Mac70 - Last post by Abuse
On a related note, I always think it's incredibly dumb how students are forced to use such limited calculators in exams. All exams in math related subjects should allow spreadsheets or mathematica or Google or a programming language on a laptop.

At what level are you talking about?

No highschool student would ever need access to such powerful tools to solve the problems they're being examined on.
Moreover, having access to such tools would change the focus of the examination; you'd no longer be testing them on their understanding of the topic, but on their ability to use the tools.

 40 
 on: 2017-02-23 10:56:27 
Started by cygnus - Last post by Riven
Developers asking these questions shouldn't be making games that require anything more than grids Pointing

It may sound patronizing, but it's true Smiley




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