On 2/18/13 12:53 PM, Jonathan Rochkind wrote:
> On 2/18/2013 2:04 PM, Jason Stirnaman wrote:
>> I've been thinking alot about how to introduce not only my kids, but
>> some of our cataloging/technical staff to thinking "programmatically"
>> or "computationally" or whatever you want to call it.
> Do you have an opinion of the google 'computational thinking'
> curriculum pieces linked off of that page you cite? For instance, at:
I looked at the "Beginning Python" one, and I have to say that any
intro to programming that begins with a giant table of mathematical
functions is a #FAIL. Wow - how wrong can you get it?
On the other hand, I've been going through the Google online python
class  and have found it very easy to follow (it's youtubed), and the
exercises are interesting. What I want next is more exercises, and
someone to talk to about any difficulties I run into. I want a hands-on
hacker space learning environment that has a live expert (and you
wouldn't have to be terribly expert to answer a beginner's questions).
It's very hard to learn programming alone because there are always
multiple ways to solve a problem, and an infinite number of places to
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