From: Ayal Goury
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Date: 25 Oct 1996
Remote Name: lang-lab-mac38.ucsc.edu
When I say teaching computers I mean computer interaction. Since computers are a tool and we want children to use that tool by examining it from all angles by looking at it , evaluating it , twist it turn it, etc... Children need to learn programming so they can UNDERSTAND how they work and how they can creatively add to this. What they can do with the tool. But without programming I'm afraid that they have to submit to the programmer's game. When I teach letters for example, children are encouraged to work with it. Play with it by making up sounds and spelling odd words. If I want to teach somebody how to be a carpenter I give them the tools such as a hammer, screwdriver... and let them create. It seems like without programming skills, children can create very little. I am very interested in peoples comments. Please jump in to the conversation.