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Re: [K12OSN] Advocacy in Curriculum

I am probably one of the younger ones in the list, I am 25. I personally agree with Todd. You can teach at any age they can type comfortably. However, like he said best to have a reward/purpose they can see. I myself am a very hands on visual learner. For me this field and profession is only fun because I can "see" my results. I despise using the command line because it does not suit my personality/style but I use it regardless because of the power it holds. If all I had was the command line or script interface I would likely go nuts.

It took me years of coding in HTML, Perl, PHP, Visual Basic, etc. to just get past the code and realize the goal I was trying to achieve. It was only once I got to see a website, GUI interface or results in the GUI I felt excited. I know this is common, but I have met people who get a thrill writing perl scripts and such that simply swap Apache installations or something totally unseen from visual perspective only known if you investigate the system. I think most kids are like me with attention spans, they need to see fruit of their labor.

Then you pick your top kids make a club, and have them dive in deeper and become the next series of IT people to come into the world :D.

On 12/20/06, Todd O'Bryan <toddobryan mac com> wrote:
I'm getting a thin terminal lab after break and am interested in
developing a curriculum that would exist in parallel with the
programming classes I teach so that students learn a little bit more
about Linux each year in my class. Ideally, by the third year, they'd
be able to take and pass the Linux+ exam that CompTIA offers (because
our state vocational ed department is just gaga over industry

I'll let you know what I come with, assuming I actually manage to
come up with anything, but would be very interested to see anything
other people have developed.


P.S. I think you can teach command line stuff as soon as they can
type fast enough that it's not frustrating. The key, though, is
motivation. They're not going to want to use the command line to do
something they can do easier with the GUI. Finding tasks that are
easier with a few typed commands would be key to making it
interesting for students.

On Dec 20, 2006, at 1:03 AM, Robert Arkiletian wrote:

> On 12/19/06, Kari Matthews <karisue gmail com> wrote:
>> Wow.
>> At what age/grade should we start them on command line, in your
>> (anyone's)
>> opinion?
> My intro Python/Linux course is offered to students starting in
> grade 10 and up.

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