Unschooling Resources: Computer and Internet


Binary Numbers from NASA's Space Place
Learn how NASA's spacecrafts communicate using only 1's and 0's. Try your hand at deciphering binary code!

Game Maker
"Have you ever wanted to be able to design computer games, but didn't want to spend countless hours learning how to become a programmer? Then you've come to the right place. Game Maker is a program that allows you to make exciting computer games, without the need to write a single line of code." Also includes a very busy, very helpful forum with lots of great answers for newbies.

This multimedia authoring tool allows the user to create a "stack" of cards that include graphics, sounds, animation and more. Used in clossrooms for years, the company caters to teachers, providing them with lesson plans and such. Even without this aspect, HyperStudio is a fun adventure for kids of all ages.

Java for Kids
This article provides a great introduction, as well as lots of links to other beginning Java resources.

Kids Computer Programming
This article from The Resourceful Homeschooler presents one family's journey through the world of computer programming. It's a bit dated, but offers some wonderful advice and some great links.

Kid's Programming Language
KPL is simpler than other programming languages, making it great for kids. And, it's perfect for creating games! A fun introduction to the world of programming.

Pascal for Programming Illiterates Lots of great tutorials for Pascal beginners.

Programming on the TI Calculator

"StarLogo is a programmable modeling environment for exploring the workings of decentralized systems -- systems that are organized without an organizer, coordinated without a coordinator. With StarLogo, you can model (and gain insights into) many real-life phenomena, such as bird flocks, traffic jams, ant colonies, and market economies."

Teaching Kids Programming
A great set of links.

Turtle Tracks
Another Logo implementation. Logo has always been the standard beginning language for young programmers. From the website: "Turtle Tracks is a modern Logo interpreter and runtime environment written entirely in Java. It is not a direct port of an existing interpreter, but written from the ground up specifically for Java, and designed to take advantage of the strengths of Java as a platform."

Virtual Computer Library
A list of websites for those interested in learning more about CGI, HTML, Java, etc. By UT Austin.

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