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"[1] 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[1], 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 [2] 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 
get stuck.

> Or at:

Karen Coyle
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