Designing a Programming Language for Early Learners
How do we design a programming language? And how might we design one for early learners? Throughout the history of technology, needs like performance, elegance, security, and pedagogy have all led to the development of new programming languages. In this edWebinar, explore languages from early computing like Fortran and Logo and more recent ones like Processing, Scratch, Python. What problems were surfaced that led to their unique designs and what impact did they have?
Finally, learn about Wonder Workshop’s own language, Wonder, which allows K-5 students to program robots. Using visual state machines to represent code, Wonder is designed to make concepts like loops and logic more visible and traceable. Discover the magic of “finger painting with code” and where it fits into the rich history of computer science and design. K-8 teachers, art teachers, SPED educators, librarians, tech specialists, administrators, and makerspace facilitators will benefit from attending this session. There will be time for questions after the presentation.
- Tuesday, May 22, 2018
- 1:00pm - 2:00pm
- Online webinar