bo what? kids’ learning programming from video games

Alice always has the tastiest bits:


Boku is Microsoft’s new tool designed to help kids learn to program computers. Tool? It looks like a game. It uses a game controller as an interface – no typing, no text – and XNA.

Boku’s programming model is extremely simple as it does
not use a textual language or wiring diagrams. Kids use simple behavior
cards to enable a small virtual robot to navigate its world and achieve
specific tasks.

The goal is to provide a gentle introduction to some of
the foundational elements of creative programming to children who may
not yet be ready for the complexity of classical computer languages.

(Via Wonderland.)

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