Re: What makes examples good for novices? and How do we tell if an example is good for novices?
On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 10:16 PM, Lawson English <[hidden email]> wrote:
I can't give you any stats other than positive feedback I have
gotten, but the Salman Khan style of video teaching seems to work
well for programming as well as for math.
I generally like the Salman Khan video's and think they have their place (flame away folks :). The ability to watch at my your pace and on your own time is a big plus and my kids use them sometimes when they are struggling with a concept. While it is preferable to struggle with the concepts ourselves, who has the time (or the ability) to re-construct all that knowledge. So, I think there is a role for a "good explanation." Of course, it would be nice if he had more "Sugar" like artifacts to play and learn with.
That said I really didn't like his Programming videos. Programming, I believe, is much better if taught with lots of hands on opportunities and problems. Videos could be used after the learner has a chance to work on a problem. Perhaps to show different ways to solve a problem and/or Providing a Guided Tour through "good literature" (well written code) and perhaps bad as well or something like Java Puzzlers, to let kids learn where the pitfalls are and get a better understanding of how things work.
My video series, Squeak from the very start, is a very conscious
effort to duplicate his style: