Kodu and Small Basic are great but…

I am not sure why Microsoft has invested the time into products like Kodu and Small Basic but I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.  There are excellent tutorials out there on how to use the software.  Something to look at now would be to ways to convince teachers to use them and teach teachers to use them.  Find some elementary teachers that are using Kodu and SB, compile some lesson ideas with teaching ideas and pit falls.  How to use Kodu is very different that how to teach with Kodu.  Our elementary tech teacher is very smart but has no programming experience.  What would entice her to integrate Kodu (or SB) into an already crowded curriculum?  Are the gains in knowledge worth the loss of other topics the kids do not experience?  Teachers are getting buried in cool ideas like Kodu but there is only so much time in the school day and any curriculum additions have to replace something.  If there are not justifications to switching it is not going to happen.  “Kids get to write cool games” is a really bad way to approach the topic to a tradition-bound administrator.  Computer games are perceived by many teachers and administrators are the cause of the woes of the world.  Would the hassle convincing the administration and the required curriculum rewrite be worth the educational goals gained by introducing programming in the lower grades?  I think there are great advantages but this question needs to be answered by someone much smarter than I and by someone with a lot more experience than I.


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