Greenfoot as a programming tool

February 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today introduced Greenfoot in class. I start this topic with some trepidation, but with a distinct sense of purpose. Introduce students to real programming.

Greenfoot is programming in Java. While the programming tool continues to be more of a learning tool than an industrial programming tool ( like using JAVA with an IDE) , students will be required to program and deal with frustrating complier issues like missing semicolon.

Also, Greenfoot is not a tool where students can explore the software and figure out how to make it work. There is not much to explore… but there is a lot that can be done. It is an extremely powerful, visual programming environment and gives you all the power of an object oriented environment.

I have started them on the tutorial that comes with Greenfoot. I like the tutorial.  It is simple and straightforward.  Once students had their software running they were enjoying themselves.  The rest of the week I will be talking about classes and objects, and how I can create multiple objects from one class. Greenfoot makes it easy to explain this concept.

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