[plt-scheme] 3rd-8th Grade

From: Adam Wick (awick at cs.utah.edu)
Date: Mon Mar 20 11:27:39 EST 2006

On Mar 19, 2006, at 9:27 PM, Richard Cleis wrote:
> It is not clear to me what causes reasoning to occur and develop  
> (pictures vs words vs ?) ...

Written words are pictures. They're just pictures that are very easy  
to describe, that people have a long personal history of ascribing  
very specific semantics to, and that people are used to combining in  
interesting ways.

Towards the main discussion, I suppose I could've used a Visual Email  
program to write this email. First, I would've dragged what I wanted  
from a panel of sentence structures. Then I'd go to my verb panel and  
dragged over the verbs I would've used, and then opened up the verb  
properties window to select the tense, voice and number. Then I'd  
start hooking in the noun phrases similarly. Sending would just  
involve compiling the structure down to ASCII, Unicode or some  
picture format.

Such a system would probably help my spelling and grammar, but I just  
find it simpler to type it in.

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?


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