Happy new year and welcome to the
winter issue of Turtle Talk, the quarterly
Logo newsletter from Terrapin Software.
Crystal Rain Forest V2 is here!
Crystal Rain Forest, the exciting learning
adventure that serves as a Logo tutorial, is now
available in an updated new version. Crystal Rain Forest V2 is
based on the same engaging
narrative that turns students into rain forest explorers,
but contains many new features that enhance the
adventure and improve its ease of use.
These include improved graphics and animation,
three new activities integrated into the plot, new audio
options, different modes of use, additional teacher
controls, and expanded record-keeping. Crystal Rain Forest V2 is
Mac/Windows and network compatible, including
native XP, Vista, and OS X.
Crystal Rain Forest teaches Logo through a
progression of activities, each a natural part of the
plot. Students estimate distances and angles, repeat
patterns, experiment with variables, and build
procedures. They also encounter local residents, a
snake with a sweet tooth, and some friendly monsters
along the way. The story is exciting, the colors are
bright, the activities are fun, all mixed with the right
amount of clever animation and humor.
Crystal Rain Forest V2 culminates with "Crystal
Logo," a mini-version of Logo that offers open-ended
exploration. Teachers will appreciate the
wide variety of options for use and the
easy-to-navigate control menu that make
easily adaptable to a wide range of age and
skill levels. If you have used
before, you will want to
to the new version. If not, you will want to
try this exciting Logo adventure!
Bee-Bot Excites Students at Piney Point Elementary
Bee-Bots have added excitement to computer
science classes at
Point Elementary School
the Houston Independent School District in Houston,
TX. Karen North,
at Piney Point, reports that students responded
immediately to the
introduction of Bee-Bots and that the little robots are
great catalysts for mathematical thinking and
"Computer science prevents kids from being left
behind in the 21st century," according to Mrs.
North. "Bee-Bots are the only tool I have found
teach programming to K-2 students but they are
excellent at accomplishing that and students love
using them. My students are quick to finish their other
tasks when I offer them the opportunity to work with
the Bee-Bots during their free time."
Terrapin Logo on-line Help is now
the Logo Resources section of the
as well as automatically
installed from the Terrapin Logo CD. On-line
Help provides the definition of each Logo command
along with illustrations and examples.
Web-based on-line Help offers organization of Logo
commands by subject area as well as alphabetically.
When writing Logo procedures, it is often helpful to
look at other commands related to ones you are
This can provide insights into different ways to
accomplish the same goal or enhancements to your
projects. The subject organization of the web-based
on-line Help follows that of the
Web-based on-line Help is designed as a
supplement to and extension of the Help that comes
integrated with Terrapin Logo. It offers a
platform for providing new and additional information
and examples. Check in often and email any
suggestions and additions.