Week 14 – “The Art of Programming”

November 26th, 2012

Scratch is an amazing program. I think it’s great for kids and adults attempting to learn the basics of programming. It was very easy to use and understand. It is fun to play around and create your own story or game. It is a little frustrating sometimes because I often had these large ideas that I couldn’t always bring to life. Overall I think Scratch is a great learning program that allows you to explore your imagination but also challenges you at the same time.

I think programs like these are really important because they teach children the basics and beginnings of technical skills at a young age. It’s really important because as we discussed earlier in the semester kids in my generation and younger grew up being “tech savvy”. Using computers, smartphones, ipods and other devices are second nature to us. However many of us don’t understand the technology or programming behind them. I have no problem navigating the web; I’ve being doing it nearly 2/3 of my life. But if you asked me how to read a webpage in html what goes into making a website, you’d be out of luck. Programs like scratch that are targeted a young age group are very valuable because the basics and importance of programming at a young age.

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