The educational programming language Logo: Its nature and its use in Australia

Anne McDougall, John S. Murnane, Sandra Wills

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    Although Logo was expressly designed as a Mathematical language for use in Education its early versions were very logic-orientated. With the addition of Seymour Papert’s ‘turtle’ the system became far more accessible to students and teachers. This paper explores some of the educational ideas behind its development and describes its first use in schools in Australia through reminiscences by two of the co-authors, Sandra Wills and Anne McDougall. The paper concludes with a reflection that educational research has not been able to prove the educational benefits of a ground-breaking approach that empowered students with computers. However, many rich case studies of successful implementation by passionate teachers abound in the literature to provide inspiration to teachers working with the new digital natives.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReflections on the history of computers in education
    Subtitle of host publicationEarly use of computers and teaching about computing in Schools
    EditorsArthur Tatnall, Bill Davey
    Place of PublicationHeidelberg
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642551192
    ISBN (Print)9783642551185
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


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