Friday, February 22, 2008

Linux for Kids

I'm a geek and my day job involves much geek fun. I just helped J install SUSE 10 on a Toshiba laptop I had sitting around. Mostly it is working great, he usually just wants to get to Club Penguin and PBS Kids. It got me thinking about other Linux applications that would be fun, entertaining AND educational for him. I found this (a bit) old article about some fun software and wondered if anyone else had any suggestions. I'm going to keep digging, but J is really enjoying using the SUSE and Linux (he loves lizards and especially penguins) and I wanna keep him excited about it.

4 comments:

Thomas Ptacek said...

Scratch!

http://scratch.mit.edu/pages/download

My 8 year old loves it, and so do I. It's tricky to run under Linux, but doable, and worth it. Can't go wrong with Smalltalk.

david said...

Thanks for the comment! I actually have a Mac at home to and am downloading the .dmg Scratch right now.

david said...

My boy (age 7) is using it and I only spent a few minutes with him to get it going. He loves it and has already created a few short animations and has added his own voice for the sound effects. My question is this: what other programming will this provide a similar experience to? I am a network engineer, not a programmer.

david said...

Ok, I keep posting to my own post, but I was at the ICE (Illinois Teachers Technology) conference in St. Charles today, and one of the sessions was with Mitch Resnick, the head of the MIT team that creates Scratch. What an awesome guy, he also works with the Programmable Bricks project which was an inspiration for the LEGO mindstorm kits.