Google Blockly - A Great Way to Introduce Basic CS Concepts
@dougpete sent me a message this morning telling me about this new visual programming environment called Google Blockly, recommending I add the site to my Google A-Z reference document (which I did - thanks Doug!).
I quickly tried out the Maze demo and produced the program shown in the picture. I know it's not as efficient as it could be, but I only had a few minutes to create it. Maybe someone reading this will show me up! (assuming the maze is always the same)
The website looks like it might be a fun way to get your students to start learning computer science concepts.
I look forward to see what kinds of projects grow out of it, and how teachers incorporate it into their classrooms. I know I'll be showing it to all my students on Monday!
To get started yourself with Blockly, visit http://code.google.com/p/google-blockly/.
- Update: here's a great article from Wired about it: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/06/google-blockly/
I'll be interested to see what your students think of Blockly.