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greenfoot: Combining Object Visualisation with Interaction

Henriksen, Poul and Kölling, Michael (2004) greenfoot: Combining Object Visualisation with Interaction. In: Companion to the 19th annual ACM SIGPLAN conference on Object-oriented programming systems, languages, and applications. ACM, New York, USA, pp. 73-82. ISBN 1-58113-833-4. (doi:10.1145/1028664.1028701) (KAR id:14059)

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The introduction of programming education with object-oriented languages slowly migrates down the curriculum and is now often introduced at the high school level. This migration requires teaching tools that are adequate for the intended target audience.

In this paper, we present a new tool, named <i>greenfoot</i>, for teaching object-oriented programming aimed at students at or below college level, with special emphasis of supporting school age learners. Greenfoot was designed by analysing and combining the most beneficial aspects of several existing tools. It aims at combining the simplicity and visual appeal of microworlds with much of the flexibility and interaction of BlueJ.

To achieve its goals of providing a suitable learners' environment, greenfoot provides a meta-framework that allows easy creation of different, significantly varied microworlds.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/1028664.1028701
Uncontrolled keywords: programming, pedagogy, greenfoot
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:01 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:52 UTC
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