Supporting Storytelling in a Programming Environment for Middle School Children

  • Caitlin Kelleher
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5915)

Abstract

Storytelling Alice and Looking Glass are programming environments that are designed to motivate middle school students, particularly girls, to learn basic computer programming. Rather than presenting programming as an end in and of itself, both systems present computer programming as a means to the end of creating animated stories. In this talk, I will share some lessons learned about how to support middle school students in finding and realizing their story ideas.

Keywords

programming environments storytelling children 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caitlin Kelleher
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  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentWashington University in St. LouisSt. Louis

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