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Java tutorial for elementary school students

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What speaks against a Java tutorial for elementary school students?
added on the 2008-02-04 18:56:18 by Adok Adok
Java's rubbish
That sums it up nicely.
added on the 2008-02-04 18:59:49 by gloom gloom
plus it's pretty useless to learn all kids to program while in effect only a fraction would actually end up in IT and the vast majority seeks other professions such as nursing (you should know), B.A., gynaecology and what not... they better learn better math and logic skills.

next to that, coding java is for Indians, not Europeans!
OTOH it'd be nice to see programming content in maths or further maths A-levels (don't know what you call them outside the UK but they're the things you do after secondary school and before university) where you're learning about algorithms already. I'd love to see Java completely abolished from... well... everything, though.
For my A-levels I had some programming tasks. Implement quicksort, insertsort, bubblesort,... And do Boolean algebra.
added on the 2008-02-04 19:48:18 by Adok Adok
My idea was that some elementary school pupils get bored at school because they've learned everything themselves already. Programming is like problem solving. My hypothesis is that this way the intelligence of the elementary school pupils can be boosted.
added on the 2008-02-04 19:49:30 by Adok Adok
Adok: ..and then developed into a new breed of super-humans? ;)
added on the 2008-02-04 20:01:33 by gloom gloom
gloom: Yes, why not? What speaks against it?
added on the 2008-02-04 20:02:35 by Adok Adok
Hook, line aaand sink 'em.
added on the 2008-02-04 20:03:19 by gloom gloom
gloom: you meant to say super-adoks?
(in either case the world is doomed!)
added on the 2008-02-04 20:04:04 by toxie toxie
Adok, I had to do those but purely theoretically, no implementation.
Exactly what is a-levels thingies? Our "math" classes before uni is a joke.
added on the 2008-02-04 20:18:29 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
My hypothesis is that this way the intelligence of the elementary school pupils can be boosted.

How about boosting teachers's intelligence first... :) Now THAT would be a challenge.
added on the 2008-02-04 20:21:55 by TomS4wy3R TomS4wy3R
forget Java, everybody knows that the purest and then most educational object-oriented language is... Eiffel :p

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added on the 2008-02-04 20:33:11 by Zest Zest
adok: that would be an important step. technology is ruling the human culture and the vast majority of all users does know almost nothing about how their devices work. so they can't judge the value of them accordingly thus all decisions are based on secondary values (marketing, e.g. apple design). it's normal to work and spend time/money into the big ever evolving industry for better products. TECHNO ANALPHABETISM i say! like back in the middle ages when the bible was used in a similar way!
the more people know how to use the machines actively, the more there's a way out of the misery our planet is in at the moment.
added on the 2008-02-04 20:37:56 by 0rel 0rel
Precisely. By creating more nerds we'd be fighting overpopulation.

I'm for it.
added on the 2008-02-04 20:41:15 by doomdoom doomdoom
the more people know how to use the machines actively, the more there's a way out of the misery our planet is in at the moment.

Are you sure ? A future full of battle-ready nerds fighting each other using advanced mathematics, smart auto-propelled armors with jetpacks, and particle beams of Death, well that sounds okay by me... (hell yeah)
But I'm just not sure it's the kind of future most people want. :)
added on the 2008-02-04 20:52:49 by TomS4wy3R TomS4wy3R
Adok : trying to boost bored pupils'intelligence using java is like trying to write a good diskmag with EP for an already bored audience.

Oh, but wait...
added on the 2008-02-04 21:06:33 by keops keops
does not compute.
added on the 2008-02-04 21:11:28 by p01 p01
no, not sure at all...
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added on the 2008-02-04 21:20:02 by 0rel 0rel
hm, there's JUDO actually
I'd vote for processing rather than java. Though I did like logo in my childhood.
added on the 2008-02-04 21:48:19 by _-_-__ _-_-__
programming in elementary school? I liked legos but I digress. Anyway, it might not be a bad idea anyway to get some sort of curriculum to where they are at least exposed to the concept (never hurts to be cultured ;) ). A high level language like java might be good for demonstration purposes or VB, but we have to remember not to be nerds and suggest they learn ASM or some rubbish just because thats what we use. They are elementary school kids, not CS majors or engineers. :)
added on the 2008-02-04 22:54:16 by Rubicante Rubicante
How about setting up a simple javascript environment with a text input box, an output frame and a "EXECUTE" button? That sounds simple enough for elementary school children.

Processing might be a good idea too, since it's simple and focuses on graphical output (which is the most rewarding kind of output IMO).
added on the 2008-02-04 23:04:46 by linde linde


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