Welcome to the
holiday issue of Turtle Talk,
Logo newsletter from Terrapin Software.
Holiday Bundles Make Great Gifts
Terrapin has created product bundles for
gift-giving during this holiday season. Each
of the four bundles contains carefully
matched Terrapin products for students at
different levels of the learning process.
Bee-Bots are used in weekly computer classes
for grades 2-5 at
near Findlay, Ohio. According to
, Bee-Bots work well for teaching
problem-solving and are applicable in a
variety of activities.
Students were especially enthusiastic about a
recent activity, the annual Salvation Army
Food Drive, in which Bee-Bots played a
starring role. Students constructed a "Food
Drive Obstacle Course" from the items they
brought in to donate to the Food Drive
through which they could navigate Bee-Bot.
Students "earned" the opportunity to direct
Bee-Bot through the course by bringing in
goods to add to it as they are pictured doing
in the photo above. Bee-Bot helped
year's food drive at Liberty-Benton
Elementary one of the most successful
Logo is a great way to illustrate
mathematical concepts by using the Logo
turtle to follow a formula or graph data.
Logo is especially adept at illustrating
fractals by combining recursion with the
turtle's drawing capability.
Simple Logo programs can create seemingly
intricate designs as these Logo snowflakes
illustrate. Each is drawn with the same fractal
formula, with slight alterations in one of
the variables. The snowflakes were inspired
by the fractal section of
Models and Methods for Problem Solving
The program is posted on the
section of Terrapin's web site where it may
be downloaded to run and modify.
6-12 is designated
Computer Science Education
which lists the vital
contributions computer science and
information technology make to the national
economy. The Association of Computing Machinery
press release applauding the designation
the date chosen honors
computer pioneer pictured above, whose
Terrapin will participate in the
Technology Tools for K-8 Math workshop
sponsored by the Technology Teachers Special
Interest Group of the New Hampshire Society
for Technology in Education. The workshop
will be held on January 20 at the SERESC
conference center in Bedford, NH.