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Indoctrinating the Next Generation: Teaching Ruby to Kids

A talk by Sarah Mei at RubyConf 2009

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November 19, 2009 11:20 AM

San Francisco

San Francisco

Ruby is a great first programming language for kids of all ages. But how do you introduce it in a way that piques their curiosity and encourages them to dig deeper? It's not as hard as you think. I'll demonstrate how I used Ruby, Shoes, short iterations, and frequent deployment to get a big group of high school kids excited about programming, even though I hadn't done much teaching before. I'll also show how to adjust for younger kids, all the way down to elementary school age. You'll leave with ideas you can use in a classroom, an after-school club, or with the kids in your life at home.

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