November 13, 2007
squeaky tales and waveplace vision
Today I posted my twentieth Etoys tutorial in the Squeaky Tales series, bringing the total to five hours of ten planned.
Each fifteen-minute screencast forms the basis for an hour of hands-on instruction with a child, with the mentor first presenting the concepts in their own fashion, then leading the class for the remainder of the time. The videos themselves are aimed at the mentor, not the students, though I suspect older students could watch the videos on their own.
Now half done, I’ve been spending time on techniques to manage complexity. Just like a real software project, the beginning is fresh with clean white designs, but midway through it’s a mangled mess of coalescing code.
I also posted a 25 minute video of me talking into a camera, explaining the Waveplace vision. I’ve had the same conversation about two hundred times in the last six months, so I figured it’d be good to get the rap down on tape. The video breaks down into ten minutes on education, five minutes on the XO, and ten minutes on Waveplace. Let me know if you find it helpful.
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