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Maloney, John; Resnick, Mitchel; Rusk, Natalie; Silverman, Brian; Eastmond, Evelyn – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2010
Scratch is a visual programming environment that allows users (primarily ages 8 to 16) to learn computer programming while working on personally meaningful projects such as animated stories and games. A key design goal of Scratch is to support self-directed learning through tinkering and collaboration with peers. This article explores how the…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Science Education, Programming Languages
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Utting, Ian; Cooper, Stephen; Kolling, Michael; Maloney, John; Resnick, Mitchel – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2010
This article distills a discussion about the goals, mechanisms, and effects of three environments which aim to support the acquisition and development of computing concepts (problem solving and programming) in pre-University and non-technical students: Alice, Greenfoot, and Scratch. The conversation started in a special session on the topic at the…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Problem Solving, Programming