Python 2.6 Turtle module and Sugar TurtleArt (was Re: [Edu-sig] Edu-sig Digest, Vol 63, Issue 11)
echerlin at gmail.com
Wed Oct 8 17:11:32 EDT 2008
How would you compare this turtle module with the TurtleArt activity
in Sugar? It is available in .deb and .rpm packages for Ubuntu,
Debian, and Fedora, and also in .xo bundles, installable with
xo-get.py. Sugar Labs is working with other Linux distributions to
make Sugar packages available as widely as possible.
On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 1:14 PM, John Posner <jjposner at snet.net> wrote:
>> Python 2.6, which was released one week ago, comes with a new turtle
>> module. Perhaps this is something, you and your kids would like as it
>> is pure educational Python software based on Tkinter. One of it's design
>> goals was to provide easy access to graphics ...
> Gregor's new Turtle module is, indeed, terrific. If some students need a
> gentler introduction, take a look at the point-and-click front end that I
> added ("ClixTur" at http://www.geocities.com/jjphoogrp).
> Students can begin by creating drawings pretty much as they would in KidPix
> or Paint or Visio. (OK, it's a bit more primitive, because there are no
> dragging operations). As they click, a transcript of the Python code being
> executed appears in a separate window. The students can use this code to:
> * "play back" the transcript, to recreate their drawings
> This is very simple, but it gets across the idea of a stored program. And
> the high speed of the playback will be fun for younger students.
> * make revisions to the Python/Turtle code, and see what differences they
> produce in the drawing
> This kind of introduction to programming is much less intimidating than
> starting with a blank page. And it's just about as satisfying, especially if
> you generated the original code yourself with the point-and-click interface.
> Best of luck,
> John Posner
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