[sf-lug] Books for kids about programming

jim jim at well.com
Tue Jul 14 10:58:09 PDT 2009

   You remember correctly, Jeff. What was a sf-lug 
study group moved to the Noisebridge location at 
83C Weise (near Mission and 16th), and as part of 
leaving San Francisco passed the leader role to 
Dan Silverstein, who's still using the "Think 
Like..." book (currently about half-way through, 
for those who'd like to join in: mondays at 6:30). 

On Tue, 2009-07-14 at 07:45 -0700, Jeff Bragg wrote:
> I could be wrong, but I believe the second one is the same text
> Asheesh was using while teaching a Python course through Noisebridge
> several months ago.  I think Jim and Alex K. were attending for
> awhile, and could confirm (or deny) that.
> MIT's Scratch language might be of interest to you.  It seems to be
> aimed at presenting basic programming concepts to kids in an engaging
> way, and appears to be doing a decent job of it.
> On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 3:12 AM, Bill Kendrick <nbs at sonic.net> wrote:
>         A few years ago (2004?) I decided it would be a neat idea to
>         write
>         a book about programming for kids.  Maybe do it
>         collaboratively, and
>         release it under a nice open license.  I asked around
>         (including this list)
>         to figure out what modern language would be suitable for kids,
>         and almost
>         everyone said Python.
>         Fast forward to 30 minutes ago.  I have not written a book,
>         though the idea
>         has been in the back of my mind.  Then I come across this book
>         review over
>         at Slashdot:
>          http://books.slashdot.org/story/09/07/13/1349203/Hello-World
>         And one of the comments leads me to:
>          http://openbookproject.net/thinkCSpy/
>         So apparently, while I was snoozing[*], TWO books have been
>         created.
>         "Hello World!" is a print book, written by a father/son team.
>         "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist" is a collab'd book at
>         the
>         Open Book Project.
>         How nifty is that!? :)
>         [*] Changing jobs a few times, having our first baby, and
>         moving back and
>            forth between towns. ;)  Oh, and developing/maintaining Tux
>         Paint,
>            and helping run a Linux User Group, too!
>         --
>         -bill!
>         Sent from my computer
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