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I downloaded it and played with it seems very straight forward. My goal would be to use it with a 4th grade class or an after school project. I think it would work with your population. As with anything though Prep is the key.
they've got the filters/firewalls on at school so right now we can't access it at school, but I'm hoping they'll give us permission. Looks really cool for my kids. Hope it goes well with yours if you use it.
Would love to see any example lessons you do! Thanks for sharing
I use Kodu with my eighth grade students. I downloaded lessons from http://fuse.microsoft.com/page/kodu. I also have my students do the built-in tutorials. Along with my regular students, I have an autistic student and mildly LD student. These two boys turned out to be two of my best programmers. One prefers Scratch; the other prefers Kodu.
I've done workshops for both middle and high school students (and faculty) with Kodu. Besides the home page for Kodu (http://fuse.microsoft.com/page/kodu) you will also want to check out the Kodu Community page (http://www.kodugamelab.com/ ) Not long ago I wrote a blog post about some of the ways I was teaching Kodu to students (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/alfredth/archive/2012/01/24/one-option-for-how-t... ) I'm happy to answer any questions about Kodu as well. What I don't know I can usually find out.
I explored four different programming software, played with Kodu and went with Scratch. The curriculum is in my opinion much easier to use, more diverse and easy to collaboratively work with. I teach high school special ed with students who are identified with severe emotional disturbances and additionally some are also LD. The majority really like Scratch and to be honest its the first time I have seen them work truly collaboratively with each other. They are driving the learning. The end product eventually will be for them to add one more tool to their toolbelt and be able to design a game or story etc. to demonstrate summative assessment for any subject area. It's very exciting. They upload to the scratch site and our gallery and are seeing connections from what they are doing to advertisements, and other forms of media and literature. Scratch in addition to the huge array of end products, encourages redesigning someone elses scripts and creating something new, again supporting that goal of collaboration with others around the world. In addition the support that MIT provides is great, from monthly meetings to online resources to online tutorials to support from the programmers and staff at MIT.
i recommend a mine craft mod (fan made add-on) to minecraft called computercraft with lets you program virtual robots, i found this relly fun( im Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Asperger syndrome now in uni doing system engineering)
base game http://www.minecraft.net/
easy add-on software http://www.technicpack.net/tekkit/
robot mod http://computercraft.info/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
guy using this to educate http://www.youtube.com/user/NitrogenFingers/videos
the games logic Circuits http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Redstone_Circuits