[FoRK] Children and digital/computer medium

rst at ai.mit.edu rst at ai.mit.edu
Mon Dec 9 05:50:41 PST 2013

SK writes:
 > For example, I have heard some of friends and family "brag" how good their
 > 4 or 5 year olds are "at computers". This most likely means some form of
 > video games or simply navigating through the latest version of Microsoft
 > Windows system. I cringe and tell myself that this can't be the right way
 > to get kids started onto CS or computing in general. But then I ask myself,
 > more often now that I am a father, what is the right way - and I don't have
 > an answer!

FWIW, my nephew was really into Scratch (MIT's programming environment
for kids) at grade-school age.  There's a similar project, Android App
Inventor, for programming Android phones and tablets, also currently
run out of MIT (after a brief period of sponsorship directly by Google).


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