Welcome to the
spring issue of Turtle Talk, the quarterly
Logo newsletter from Terrapin Software.
New Format for Logo Curriculum
Logo Works: Lessons in Logo,
step-by-step guide to Logo programming is now
available in a new Class Pack PDF format.
contains 46 sequential lessons based on
turtle graphics, each of which
includes worksheets, activities, and challenges.
Logo Works begins with moving the turtle and
progresses through repeating, angles, "the total turtle
trip," up to writing procedures and super procedures
and incorporating recursion. By dividing tasks and
discrete lessons, Logo Works allows
teachers to tie lessons to class periods and
pace learning for individual students and classes.
The new PDF format facilitates this by
making it simple for teachers to print individual
and worksheets as needed for use at their school.
The Class Pack also
Logo Works Teacher's
offers suggestions and directions for using
Logo Works lessons along with hints on points
emphasize, potential problem areas, and ways to
guide computer activities. The new
Logo Works Class Pack provides a
comprehensive Logo introduction and programming
course in a very convenient format.
Crystal Rain Forest Excites Students from Coast to Coast!
Crystal Rain Forest makes
students in Georgia
and California enthusiastic learners according to
, Gifted and Talented
teacher at Arcado
Elementary School in Lilburn, GA
and Jayme Johnson, Director of
Academic Technology at the Village
School in Pacific Palisades, CA. Both use
in 2nd grade and say it is difficult to
away from the computer when class is over. At
Village School, Ms. Johnson lets 3rd, 4th, and 5th
grade students use computers during free time and
says they always ask to play
At Arcado Elementary,
is used over a 9-week period after
Ms. McCormick introduces movement concepts using
the Roamer turtle robot. She says that
Crystal Rain Forest develops students'
measurement, estimation, and map skills and overall
logical and convergent thinking. "My students are
proud to complete each activity," according to Ms.
McCormick. "They love knowing degrees so they can
navigate the river."
(as an Arcado student is doing
in the photo above)
At Village School,
is used in
last trimester during a rain forest immersion unit. Ms.
Johnson introduces sequencing,
turning and estimation with Bee-Bot robots and then uses
to reinforce and extend these
skills. "Crystal Rain Forest is an integral part of
our programming spiral," says Ms.
Johnson, "providing a great link between Bee-Bots
Both schools have upgraded to the recently-released
Version 2 and the teachers find the new features
improve the program. "The new engine immobilizer
was a challenge and my students were really excited
when they figured it out," according to Ms. McCormick.
Ms. Johnson said that the new integrated
record-keeping functions eliminate her need to keep
paper records on student progress. The combination of student motivation, ease of use, and skill-building activities makes Crystal Rain Forest a great educational tool for any school.
Terrapin has an extensive collection of Logo
which has now been compiled into a bibliography that
reviewed on line
. These books represent many
years of writing about Logo and its use as a learning
and teaching tool. The bibliography can serve as a
reference for research on Logo history or an
inspiration for ideas on
Terrapin hopes to expand the bibliography into an
inclusive list of Logo publications. If you have or know
of a Logo book that should be added to the list, please
contact Terrapin with the information
and we will be happy to include it.
University at Buffalo
Graduate School of Education
Crystal Rain Forest is
available for preview in the Education Software Library
at the State University of New York at Buffalo which
was established to help area teachers more readily
integrate technology into their classroom
to try it out or for more
"Power will soon belong to those who can master
variety of powerful and expressive human-machine
interactions...I believe the single skill that will, above
all others, distinguish a literate person is