October 18, 2007
two hours of tales
I’ve just posted my eighth 15-minute Squeaky Tales tutorial, bringing the collective time to two hours of Etoys fun. My plan is to create four 15-minute movies each week for the next eight weeks for a total of ten hours of video tutorial.
What topics will I cover? Well, I’m trying to make the Squeaky Tales series as subject-neutral as possible. My hope is that this approach will allow mentors to adapt the concepts to different ages and subjects more easily. By necessity, there will be rudimentary math concepts like addition and multiplication, but these will be presented as a means to another end, not a discussion of math itself.
As the name of the series implies, my ultimate goal is storytelling. I’m teaching programming as a means to telling stories, which hopefully will engage students that might otherwise be timid about math and science.
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