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January 22nd, 2012


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10:14 am - Programming languages in schools
I have just written a post on the new computing curriculum for schools. People might be interested in the list of suggested programming languages. This is not mandated, but I think it is interesting. It is found on page 13.
Every student should have repeated opportunities to design, write, run and debug an executable program. What an executable program means can range widely depending on the level of the student and the amount of time available. The following are included in programming:

  • Small domain-specific languages, such as instructions to a simple robot, or Logo-style turtle.

  • Visual languages such as Scratch BYOB or Kodu.

  • Text-based languages, such as C#, C++, Java, Pascal, PHP, Python, Visual Basic, and so on.

  • Scripting languages, such as shell scripts, Flash ActionScript, or JavaScript.

  • Spreadsheet formulae


I do not know how actual teachers will approach this issue. Teachers in general will be out of their depth here. If I were to get involved, let us say as a writer, I would probably use Javascript as the exemplar. I would be interested in the opinions of anyone who works in programming.

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From:sugoll
Date:January 22nd, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
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"A new teaching language..."?

(mind you, back in the 1990s, at a Sun UK User Group conference at York, Charles Forsyth was demoing the Orbit OS he'd written, and which CompSci students used. An audience member blasted him for inflicting an OS that wasn't available outside of that one lab; his response was that that York wasn't a vocational college, and was instead trying to produce computer scientists.)

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