[erlang-questions] Erlang for youngsters
Mon Jun 16 16:24:23 CEST 2014
Lloyd R. Prentice wrote:
> Hi Torben,
> +1 for for teaching Erlang to kids.
> Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was founding editor/publisher
> of Classroom Computer News, the first magazine in the U.S. devoted
> exclusively to instructional computer applications in K-12 classrooms.
> Subsequently I founded a company largely devoted to development of
> educational and consumer software for major publishers. We developed
> over 100 products ranging from Pockets the Learn and Do Kangaroo for
> pre-school youngsters to Algebra I for the high school set to The
> Scarsdale Medical Diet for obese adults for publishers ranging from
> Bantam to World Book.
> I bore you with this to make several points:
> 1) Don't underestimate what properly motivated kids can learn---
> they're hard-wired to learn
> 2) Don't underestimate intrinsic curiosity as a motivator--- at least
> until it's squelched by repressive pedagogy
> 3) Create exploration environments to leverage intrinsic curiosity
> 4) Break the learning tasks into single key concepts that rest 100
> percent on what the youngster already knows so concepts build one upon
> 5) Keep it playful and fun
> 6) Tie the concepts into real-world (the child's world) issues and
> 7) Challenge the youngster, but make success attainable
> 8) Reward success
> 9) Empower the youngster with demonstrable knowledge and skills that
> matter from the kid's perspective
Good points all.
Re. motivation: Robotics is big right now - particularly in the context
of Lego Mindstorms and then the FIRST Robotics competitions. Erlang, as
a language for robot behaviors (subsumption architecture) and
cooperating robots, might be really cool.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra
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