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    [SOLVED] Programming for Kids

    Not sure if this is the right forum, so if there is a better forum for the question, please let me know.

    My 11 year old daughter has expressed an interest in learning to program. All of our PCs are running ubuntu.

    I don't know that she is ready for Java, but if someone could suggest an application where she could learn to program (she's never done it before, but she is clever), then I would be most grateful.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Programming for Kids

    Quote Originally Posted by fballem View Post
    Not sure if this is the right forum, so if there is a better forum for the question, please let me know.

    My 11 year old daughter has expressed an interest in learning to program. All of our PCs are running ubuntu.

    I don't know that she is ready for Java, but if someone could suggest an application where she could learn to program (she's never done it before, but she is clever), then I would be most grateful.

    Thanks,
    Maybe she could start out with HTML. There is bluefish editor for that. Then move on to CSS, and PHP, then up to Python. There are good applications for doing all of them.

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    Re: Programming for Kids

    Hi,

    The best way to learn programming is with Python IMHO.
    You can download it from the repositories.
    It has a clean syntax, free compiler and IDLE.

    Good luck !

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    Re: Programming for Kids

    What about kturtle?

    http://edu.kde.org/kturtle/
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    Re: Programming for Kids

    I was hoping for something simple. I found a program called scratch http://scratch.mit.edu as a starting point, but there's no Linux version.

    Sorry that I wasn't more specific, although the suggestions are good ones for down the road. Need something simple to start - the fun stuff hopefully will come in time, but I think we need a very simple starting point.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Programming for Kids

    See the sticky. It has a thread for programming for kids and how to learn (thread moved)

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    Re: Programming for Kids

    Quote Originally Posted by raul_ View Post
    What about kturtle?

    http://edu.kde.org/kturtle/
    We're running ubuntu, we don't have kde or kubuntu. Is there something similar for a non-KDE environment.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Programming for Kids

    Quote Originally Posted by fballem View Post
    We're running ubuntu, we don't have kde or kubuntu. Is there something similar for a non-KDE environment.

    Thanks,
    You can use kturtle in Ubuntu, it might pull some Kde libraries with it, but it can be installed. It is in the repos I believe. Just search in synaptic for kturtle.

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    Re: Programming for Kids

    There is hackety hack.Its an educational program that teaches ruby,it should be helpful for your daughter.

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    Re: Programming for Kids

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=686041

    This was asked a few weeks ago, It is basically what you are asking here, but has many more responses.

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