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How and with whom young children use Logo. Dr. Catherine Wilson Gillespie Drake University Des Moines, Iowa. What is Logo?. Logo is a child-friendly computer language Developed by Dr. Seymour Papert (MIT) in 1968 Computer-based software that uses Logo includes: Lego-Logo MicroWorlds.

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how and with whom young children use logo

How and with whom young children use Logo

Dr. Catherine Wilson Gillespie

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

what is logo
What is Logo?
  • Logo is a child-friendly computer language
  • Developed by Dr. Seymour Papert (MIT) in 1968
  • Computer-based software that uses Logo includes:
    • Lego-Logo
    • MicroWorlds
how do young children use logo
How do Young Children use Logo?
  • Constructing
  • Demonstrating
  • Role Playing
  • Using Construction
  • Talking
kindergarteners
Kindergarteners
  • One hour of Lego-Logo time three times per week
  • Lego and MicroWorlds both available
  • Discovery approach
  • Nine target children over two years
head start students
Head Start students
  • MicroWorlds as a choice activity
  • During center time
  • Discovery approach
  • All children observed
  • Target children were the frequent users
with whom do children use lego
With whom do children use Lego?
  • Alone
  • With a peer
  • With a teacher
  • With peer(s) and a teacher
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Age differences
  • No gender differences in behavior
  • Gender differences in social configurations
  • Discovery approach with support can be developmentally appropriate for children ages 3-6
thank you
Thank you
  • Iowa Early Childhood Papert Partnership
    • Drake University
    • Drake University Head Start
    • Des Moines Public Schools
    • Norwalk Public Schools
    • Heartland Area Education Agency
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