Recommendations for teaching kids math concepts & skills for programming?
A non-programmer I know is looking into how to teach (and learn while teaching) programming to a 10-year-old. They've asked me for a bit of direction. I won't be participating myself (directly), as I don't know the kid and they're also out of state.
I've compiled a short list of possible courses and tools to use, which I won't list. (Someone care to post relevant questions?) A lot of them might work despite a normal kid's attention span and a non-programmer teaching. However, there's something that I feel is sorely missing from all of them: An explanation of actual computer systems, and the context of what a new programmer using a high level language is doing within them.
So I'm looking for copyable/linkable material that would give defensible answers to all of these questions, or at least really provoke asking of them:
- What is a computer (in the abstract)?
- What is a computer (in the modern sense)?
- Hopefully at least gloss over machine code.
- How does an OS/interpreter/compiler work? (i.e. that they are programs built some way)
- How does "the internet" work (high level)?