For the past several years, many of us in the maker education community have been working on developing a new LogoTurtle Robot (with Josh Burker and Erik Nauman leading the way) to honor Seymour Papert.
“Logo Turtle with Seymour Papert Lego MiniFig” kindness of Christopher Sweeney
A frustrating issue with coding in a classroom or workshop setting is that it is easy for youth to lose their code and also hard to work on their code outside of the classroom or technology center.
Enter the LogoEditor!
LogoEditor is a quick and easy way for students to manage and create programs to later run on their Logo Turtle Robots. All you need is a Google Account to start saving programs directly to your Google Drive through LogoEditor. For those without a google account, fear not! The LogoEditor also supports offline editing.
And there is a nifty and thorough documentation page for all you geek educators who want to know the nitty-gritty details of how LogoEditor works.
LogoEditor was created through a collaboration between the Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) Center for Learning and Community Partnerships (CLP) and the South End Technology Center @ Tent City. James Salvatore is a junior computer science student at WIT who has been doing work study with our Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn Program for more than a year. As we have been developing different iterations of the physical LogoTurtle Robot, James stepped in to improve youth’s experience by using his computer skills to provide a simple youth-friendly user interface.
Relationships between maker programs and higher education institutions can benefit both! James says “My experience at the SETC has allowed for me to further improve my technical skill set by developing various projects (such as the LogoEditor) that make a real impact for educators, youth, and the community!”