How to Teach Coding

Kay C Lan lan.kc.macmail at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 05:44:06 EDT 2015


My children give me feedback on my failures all the time ;-( But I think
you are right, Richmond's are very effective. Well done Richmond, my wife
(a professional educator) would support you 100%; your devotion to teaching
and focusing on the children, not the content, is to be commended. Those
children don't know how lucky they are.

On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 2:43 AM, Phil Davis <revdev at pdslabs.net> wrote:

> Richmond, I love your "feedback loop" with the kids correcting your coding
> - brilliant! And most certainly effective.
>
> Phil
>
>
>
> On 6/30/15 10:59 AM, Phil Davis wrote:
>
>> A while back, I took Larry Walker's "follow me" approach with two of my
>> grandsons (ages 6 and 7 at the time):
>>
>> http://www.philofwestlinn.com/2013/11/17/follow-me-programming/
>>     http://www.philofwestlinn.com/2013/12/04/our-time-machine-app/
>>
>> They loved it! Of course I had the luxury (and challenge) of working with
>> them at their kitchen table.
>>
>> Phil
>>
>>
>>
>> On 6/30/15 10:26 AM, dunbarx at aol.com wrote:
>>
>>> Richmond.
>>>
>>>
>>> A nice thing you are doing.
>>>
>>>
>>> I take a slightly different approach. I put a few controls on the
>>> screen, and then move the mouse around, asking what sort of things (events)
>>> might be occurring. Nobody gets what I mean at first, until I explain that
>>> I am sending messages to the machine when, say, I simply move the cursor
>>> (mouseMove).
>>>
>>>
>>> Most will see that something happens when I click the mouse, and if I
>>> say that the machine "knows" where a button is, it also knows when the
>>> cursor crosses that threshold (mouseEnter). From there I get several
>>> responses, like when the mouse leaves. Nobody ever gets "mouseStillDown">
>>>
>>>
>>> Anyway, from there I can start to show how if I send a message, I can
>>> trap a message, and the rest is easy.
>>>
>>>
>>> Well, not necessarily easy...
>>>
>>>
>>> Craig Newman
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Jana Doughty <jana.doughty at livecode.com>
>>> To: use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com>
>>> Sent: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 11:15 am
>>> Subject: How to Teach Coding
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi LiveCode Community,
>>>
>>> Hope you're well and having a good week so far. We
>>> have a great blog post
>>> from our very own Richmond Mathewson on the blog today.
>>> He tells us about
>>> how he's teaching kids to code this
>>> summer:
>>>
>>> http://livecode.com/how-to-teach-coding/
>>>
>>> Check it out and tell
>>> Richmond how great he is!
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Jana
>>> Doughty
>>>
>>>
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