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  • Reviewed on Monday, March 29, 2010
  • Grades Used: 8th
  • Dates used: 2009-2010
Alice 2.0 is a great way for computer-minded kids to learn programming. The software itself is free (download) and you can find various tutorials out on the web, but I splurged and bought a textbook for DS14 called "Learning To Program in Alice 2.0". I bought the book used for about $5 but I am sure you can pay more for it. The textbook was helpful because it explained all the concepts and gave examples, as well as had lots and lots of projects for DS14 to test out what he learned.

Alice is a 4g world - you use object-oriented techniques to animate little figures and move them around. It's VERY simple to use and easy to install (java-based).

Targeted for high school level, but my computer-minded 8th grader has been able to handle it with just a little help.