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with Students to Learn Computer Programming
Home Schooled Students, Students with High-Functioning Autism &
Students Who Simply Love Computers
Free Programming Environments for Kids and Adults
Scratch - http://scratch.mit.edu From MIT's Media Lab - "Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design."
Kids, you must check it out! Post your games online.
Here are Links to just some of the sources of information on Scratch
Download Scratch, and if you haven't downloaded recently take down the newest version, 1.4. It takes seconds and is worth it.
Scratch Ed by Karen Brennan An amazing resource filled with complete Lesson Plans and More!
*Check out the Scratch Board and WeDo Legos*
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
Alice - "Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience." http://www.alice.org/
Alice is a free programming environment from Carnegie Melon originally developed by Randy Pausch.
Game Maker - is a free environment that enables users to create games by using simple drag and drop techniques. Advanced users can then move on to create more sophisticated games by using the scripting Game Maker Language. GameMaker has a large community consisting of free tutorials, a site where students can post their games and help groups where users can exchange information on problems and solutions. It is widely used in the educational community around the world and has a impressive collection of information for educators. I encourage users, parents and educators to investigate all areas of the Web site at http://www.yoyogames.com/make. I encourage both users, parents and educators to investigate all areas of the Web site at http://www.yoyogames.com/make .
In addition, I highly recommend a book written by the creators of Game Maker "The Game Maker's Apprentice, Game Development for Beginners, by Jacob Habgood and Mark Overmars. The book can be bought off their Web site or from Amazon.
Java - needs no introduction, and everything you need to run is free. The wealth of free tutorials and documentation is extraordinary.
Beginning Java, Game Programming - Second Edition by Jonathan S. Harbour, University of Advancing Technology, Thomson, Boston, MA http://www.courseptr.com
Articles and Links
Here and Now podcast with Tracy Mayor and Phil Schwarz Vice President of the Asperger's Association of New England on Asperger's and the High Tech Industry"
Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge: The Surprising Right Fit For Software Testing, by Martha Lagace, April 14, 2008
Asperger's Confound Colleges - The Chronicle of Higher Education by Elizabeth F. Farrell
Succeeding In College On The Autistic Spectrum by Kate Goldfield
Computer World: Asperger's: the IT industry's dark secret by Tracy Tracy Mayor Framingham on June 23, 2008
Choosing the Right Job for People with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Genius May Be an Abnormality: Educating Students with Asperger's Syndrome, or High Functioning Autism, Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Autistics offer unique computing skills, Gary H. Anthes
Articles on Second Life and ASD
iReport: 'Naughty Auties' battle autism with virtual interaction By Nicole Saidi, CNN
Asperger's Therapy Hits Second Life
A World Where Anything Is Possible
Research on Asperger's Syndrome done in Second Life shows early promise - (Brigadoon)
Asperger's Association of New England
Autism Society of America Massachusetts Chapter
Link to Information on Free Programming Environments for Kids
GRASP-The Global and Regional Asperger's Syndrome Partnership Web site
ASAN - The Autistic Self Advocacy Group - run by and for autistics
Katie Goldfield's Aspie From Maine Web site - lots of good materials and links
Wrong Planet- online community for Autism and Asperger's
last updated 12/25/10