[plt-scheme] 3rd-8th Grade

From: Richard Cleis (rcleis at mac.com)
Date: Mon Mar 20 12:29:33 EST 2006

> In short, I'm not understanding people think Visual Programming is so 
> special. You're switching from pictures that are words/punctuation to 
> pictures that are not words/punctuation, and your input method 
> switches from mostly-keyboard-with-some-optional-mousing to 
> mostly-mousing-with-some-optional-keyboard. What's the big deal?
I think the big deal is related to what seems (is?) unattainable.  In 
the email example, an infinite palate of thoughts would be useful.  
That way, we could select icons for moods, intensity of argument, and 
(if those aren't difficult enough) relevant content.  The bother of 
sentence construction is eliminated and the world's language barriers 
disappear. Sweet!

The issue of learning is even more difficult: we want the children to 
select icons that trick them into learning how to think, based on tasks 
presented in words... which, to understand the task, they must form 
into the same concepts represented by unattainable icons.


> -Adam
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