Scratch to MicroWorlds
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Bits and Blocks
In addition to whole class, small group and one-on-one discussions, lessons are delivered in a range of online formats to support independent study and differentiate instruction based on your needs.
More About the Course
My Bits and Blocks classes (Levels 1 and 2) run each summer on the Northwestern campus. They are two of the many courses available for gifted and talented children through the Center for Talent Development.
This is the home page for Bits and Blocks Level 1. If you have completed Level 1 or already signed up for Level 2, you should check out the Bits and Blocks 2 page.
My favorite sites for MicroWorlds Logo are:
Microworlds.com, the website of the publishers of MicroWorlds Logo.
Advanced readers might enjoy the free, online three volume series by Brian Harvey called Computer Science Logo Style available at Brian Harvey's website. The text was based on a different version of Logo that can be downloaded from the web site. This text will be tough going for most students without help, but there are some interesting examples that your child might like to try out.
Bits and Blocks students might also enjoy the following sites, which include free, downloadable software and support: Scratch, Alice, and Greenfoot.
The standard text for Greenfoot is:
Michael Kolling, Introduction to Programming with Greenfoot: Object-Oriented Programming in Java with Games and Simulations. (Prentice Hall, 2009).
A cool book for Alice and Java is:
Wanda P. Dann, Stephen P. Cooper, and Barbara Ericson, Exploring Wonderland: Java Programming Using Alice and Media Computation. (Prentice Hall, 2009).
About the Center for Talent Development
Center for Talent Development (CTD), housed at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, is an accredited learning center and research facility that identifies, educates and supports gifted students and their families and serves as a leader in gifted education. Learn more about the Center for Talent Development.
Leone Learning Systems, Inc. (LLS) is a North Shore company that provides online courses for kids anywhere and local teaching and tutoring services for students in Chicago and the Northern Suburbs of Chicagoland. LLS also provides a free geometry software package for children age 6 and up, and free resources for teachers and parents. This site includes information about classes taught, availability for tutoring, learning activities for kids, lesson plans, and ongoing software and curriculum research and development efforts.