A book for babies?

Earthednet-wp prothero at earthednet.org
Sat Aug 29 17:39:39 CEST 2015


Richmond,
Your concerns are very valid, with LC still in the midst of lots of changes. Here are some immediate rambling thoughts, perhaps obvious, but for what they're worth....

I like the workbook format. Very appropriate.

Ideally, it might be distributed as an ebook or app type book that can be easily updated. If the students need print (I would think they would), it's more difficult. But perhaps the book could be printed, workbook style, by the purchaser at a local print store (like Kinko's in the US). I don't know how this could be set up so you get income from it, though. Hmmm, I wonder if any of these "on demand" type print stores could do "one-offs" for individuals, from a server master. I haven't investigated this, but I think Kinko's does this in the US. Not sure if they can return royalties to the author. Sounds like an obvious service, tho so it might be worth investigating.

I think it is a great idea to get a few folks to test it with their kids, and give feedback. It is bound to improve the book.

Regarding being a tester, my contact with my 10yr old grandson varies depending on factors out of my control. If it looks like I would have regular contact, I'd love to try it out on him. No guarantee he would get into it, tho. My son is a 3'rd grade teacher and I might be able to interest him, but he is into (with his students) Lego Robotics, Scratch and Arduino (a bit). 

Best,
Bill

William Prothero
http://es.earthednet.org

> On Aug 29, 2015, at 12:20 AM, Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> If you are*NOT* interested in teaching *small children* /LiveCode/ stop reading now.
> 
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> 
> Having taught a reasonably successful, relatively intensive course to *Primary level**
> **children* during the summer, and starting a once-a-week thing in October I am quite
> seriously thinking of putting together a *book* for Primary kids.
> 
> This would *NOT* be full of theorising, and *NOT* like a 'standard' text book; rather a
> hands-on cookery book.
> 
> Obviously, a significant part of this book will be pictorial.
> 
> HOWEVER . . .
> 
> Seeing the vast and significant changes coming with *LiveCode 8.0.0.*
> 
> [and, to be honest, all I taught the children was doable in LC 4.5]
> 
> including its interface changes (at the moment I'm thinking of the *preferences**
> **palette* and the *toolBar* stack) . . .
> 
> I am really wondering what the point is, as, any book I start on now will either feature screen shots
> of the *LC 7 interface* or the *LC 8 alpha interface*; both of which may go down the pan just as my book
> is ready.
> 
> ALSO . . . my course that will run from October to May will us LC 7 (especially as the LC 8 series is in a state
> of flux) . . . so any extra stuff arising (and, with hindsight, I can see lots of gaps that need to be plugged) will
> also be framed in terms of the LC 7 interface.
> 
> As soon as a FIXED interface for LC 8 (???????) is released I will have to sit down and make myself
> comfortable with it even before I start dishing it out either to kids in class or in the form of a book.
> 
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> 
> I should be glad of any advice, comments, and so on about my quandary.
> 
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> 
> In the light of some favourable responses I am wondering about releasing beta versions of my chapters under a non-disclosure
> agreement to interested parties to torture their children with on the understanding that they will 'pay' for them by giving
> me vigorous feedback.
> 
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> 
> In light of the discussions anent a possible 'unified IDE' ['that' picture], I also would like to know what chances
> there are of that sort of thing being on the cards, whether it would be locked-in [heaven forfend] or optional,
> and so on, as, were it to be present in LC 8.x.x it might be necessary to write a book with what could be termed
> "a double feature" [think "Rocky Horror Show"] where almost every single screen shot has to be reduplicated
> for the two interfaces . . .
> 
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> 
> I have no great desire to put together the sort of book I am talking about to find that it is outdated as soon as it comes off the presses.
> 
> Richmond.
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