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ERIC Number: ED328210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Pages: 5
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HyperTechnic--A Graphic Object-Orientated Control Language.
Whalley, Peter
The fundamental problem for control languages is that they must be able to deal with the simultaneous actions of multiple objects. Accordingly, it is the basic premise of the HyperTechnic system that it is easier for children to view control problems in terms of relationships between multiple agents, rather than as one agent responding to a multiplicity of conditions. Implemented within the HyperCard programming environment, the HyperTechnic program can be conceptualized as a system of layers. The first layer represents direct matching of symbolic icons and physical entities. The second layer gives an overview of each object, what it is, and what it can do. The third layer, or scripting level, allows the children to work out scripts before entering them. Future developments of the HyperTechnic system will make it more of a device language, requiring older children to create a control environment that mirrors the micro world they are building. Evaluation of the mental models developed by children using both constraint and actor languages would be a good starting point for empirical investigations into the success of this system and others similar to it. (6 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers: Computer Scripts; HyperCard; Microworlds
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Technology and Education (7th, Brussels, Belgium, March 20-22, 1990).