ToonTalk

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1 Definition

ToonTalk is an authoring environment to build microworlds in a similar spirit of Papert's LOGO

“ToonTalk started with the idea that perhaps animation and computer game technology might make programming easier to learn and do (and be more fun). Instead of typing textual programs into a computer, or even using a mouse to construct pictorial programs, ToonTalk allows real, advanced programming to be done from inside a virtual animated interactive world.” (Kahn, 2004).

In addition, educators can build levels of software upon ToonTalk to help students learn other subjects. There is in fact a small, but very active teacher community.

2 Software

  • ToonTalk is a cheap commercial system. See the Web Site for vendors appropriate to your region of the world.

3 Links

  • Playground. A British-led research and field program.

4 References

  • Kahn, Ken, ToonTalk (2004) - Steps Towards Ideal Computer-Based Learning Environments, in Mario Tokoro and Luc Steels, editors, A Learning Zone of One's Own: Sharing Representations and Flow in Collaborative Learning Environments, IOS, June 2004. Preprint
  • Ken Kahn, "ToonTalk - An Animated Programming Environment for Children", Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, June 1996.