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Recently, my daughter Sophie asked me to show her how to write a computer game. She is nine. (Well, only a few weeks away from being ten - at this age, a year still matters.) She has never written any code before. Now, there’s a challenge, if I ever saw one.

[img_assist|nid=493|title=|desc=|link=none|url=http://www.bluej.org/mrt/?p|align=right|width=400|height=257]I am a computer scientist, and one of our projects is Greenfoot - a programming environment designed to teach kids (and older students) to code with Java. So far, that has all been part of my research work. Research into programming education, tool design, etc. I have used Greenfoot with kids (mostly about 15 years old), but more often I do presentations and workshops for teachers.

So I told Sophie that we'd do it. I have recorded my experiences of this ongoing journey in my blog. The first part is here:

Teaching My Daughter To Code

The first part describes our first session. A few days later, we continued:

Teaching My Daughter To Code, Part II: Invasion of the Daleks

That's as far as we got up to now. I'll keep you posted...


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