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Learn to Program BASIC: Junior High Edition

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Learn to Program BASIC: Junior High Edition

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Platforms and Unusual System Requirements: Power Mac and Windows 95 or 98 CD. Requires at least 16MB RAM and 40MB hard drive space.

Emphasis: Computer programming.

Grade level: 6-8. Price: $39.95.

Publisher: Interplay Productions, 16815 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92606; (800) 468-3775; www.interplay.com.

When you launch a software application, hidden instructions tell the computer what to do and what to display on screen. Learn to Program BASIC helps youngsters understand how those hidden instructions work, by giving them tools to write their own applications in BASIC programming language.

Friendly and powerful, BASIC has been around since the '60s but is made relevant to today's kids in this program through humor, an intuitive interface, and lots of multimedia. The software comprises an interactive tutorial, animated lessons that introduce the 120 BASIC commands, engaging puzzle tests and a glossary of 200 terms. Each lesson introduces a concept, then interactive exercises (over 50) based on the lesson demonstrate the command in action. Students should be made aware, however, that though some featured commands are standard and will work in any version of BASIC, others, such as MOVIE, were created specifically for this application and will not carry over. …

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