Beginning Microsoft Small Basic - Review by Tere S & her son (age 12)
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Today's guest blogger is Tere S and her 12-year old son. Let's get to it...
I believe that in today’s computer-savvy world, if you are familiar with computer programming languages, you are sure to have an edge in the job market after graduation from college. The earlier you begin learning something new and technical, the more natural it will flow for the student.
...My son loves computer programming languages and thrives on the tutorial format of learning, so he had already previously installed the Microsoft Small Basic... onto his computer...
The E-Tutorial learning programs contain activities such as creating a savings calculator, making a number guessing game, a state capitols game and a simple drawing program. The Bible Games for Small Basic builds on these concepts and walkz the student through Bible Games like: Noah’s Ark, Daniel and the Lions’ Den, Elijah and the Ravens, The Good Shepherd, The Prodigal Son, The Lost Coin, and Bible Scramble
I looked over the product information and then allowed my computer-savvy son to go to town downloading the information and following the tutorials. I checked in on him frequently to see what progress he had made and to see what he was working on and how the information was being presented.
These are screen shots of the programs and games he created:
...When I received the download information from Computer Science for Kids, it said that most students age 10 and above should be able to follow the tutorials. My son is 12 years old and is in the 7th grade. He found it extremely easy to use.
The program is intended to take 3 to 6 days for each lesson to fully understand it, taking a total of approximately 10 weeks to complete. However, the information states that those already familiar with computers may go at a faster pace. The latter was the case with my son. Since he had already been familiar with Small Basic, he completed the entire program and was creating the Bible games in less than two weeks.
My son found this program extremely easy to use... the material... was presented in a way that even a middle school or high school student who has never seen a computer before would be able to pick up and follow the self-paced tutorial guides with ease.
There are more challenging exercises included that are intended for 7th through 12 graders, and he kept begging me to complete those as well. Of course I said yes. How often do I hear my son beg to do school work?
I think the [Beginning Microsoft Small Basic] tutorials are a great introduction to computer programming for middle school students.
Small and Basically yours,
- Ninja Ed