How are we going to teach the next generation about open source and Linux? More importantly, how can we get the right technology into classrooms to empower our educators to teach our children the open source way?
Computer programming can be a fun hobby, as I learned when I programmed Apple II computers last century. Back then, I’d lie on my bed and dream up some educational game, then run over to my Apple //c to bring the game to life. Sometimes in less than two hours I could go from raw idea to working prototype. The most fun part was sharing the programs I created with friends and having them suggest improvements.
Far from being a solitary activity, programming for me was always a very social activity. It’s been about 20 years since then and I’ve gotten a hankering to get back into it. And the computer programming language Python seems like the best route for me to do so.
Linux and free/open source software are the best computing environments for children because they can get under the hood and learn to control and shape the technology, rather than be trained like lab rats to click buttons and be good little unquestioning consumers. Here is a batch of excellent educational and creative software for children, and for beginners of any age.
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