A Brief History of BASIC

The BASIC language was developed in the early 1960’s at Dartmouth College as a device for teaching programming to “ordinary” people. There is a reason it’s called BASIC: B (Beginner’s)A (All-Purpose)S (Symbolic)I (Instruction)C (Code) When time-sharing systems were introduced in the 1960’s, BASIC was the language of choice. Many of the first computer simulation games (Star Trek, for example) were…

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The Developer’s Reference Guide to Small Basic – The First 5 Chapters

So a good Reference Guide is always appreciated! And that’s why Phil Conrod was good enough to write one for us and then to allow us to upload the first five chapters!   You can find the first five chapters on TechNet Wiki: 1. Introducing Small Basic  2. Overview of Small Basic Programming  3. Program…

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Beginning Small Basic – Review by Anne from Upstate Ramblings

It’s time for a guest blogger!   Today’s guest blogger is Anne from Upstate Ramblings! Her 13-year-old son taught himself with the curriculum. In Anne’s words…   Computer programming is a skill that is great for everyone to learn.  Not everyone is meant to be a programmer, but computers are so important today that I think…

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Beginning Small Basic – Review by Lisa N and her 3 kids from Golden Grasses

It’s time for a guest blogger!   Today’s guest blogger is Lisa N from Golden Grasses! Her three kids, Feeche (12th grade), Cub (7th grade), and Flower (5th grade) learned it with no programming experience. In Lisa’s words…       Having the chance to test drive Beginning Microsoft Small Basic from Computer Science for Kids has…

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Beginning Small Basic – Review by Lisa and Amber

It’s time for a guest blogger!   Today’s guest blogger is Lisa McClanahan from The McClanahan 7. Her daughter, Amber, learned Small Basic…   In this day and age everything is run by a computer. I’m sure that will continue into the future & more than likely my kids will have to use them in…

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Beginning Microsoft Small Basic – Review by Michele

It’s time for a guest blogger! Today’s guest blogger is Michele (and her 11-year-old son) from Family, Faith, and Fridays.       I will admit it- I have a love hate relationship with my computer.  Well, not just mine, but any.  I am just not a high tec kind of girl it seems.  Luckily…

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Beginning Microsoft Small Basic – Review by "Courtney Six"

It’s time for a guest blogger! Today’s guest blogger is Leah (and her 12-year-old son, Charles) from Courtney Six!    One of the best things I’m finding about being a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew this year is that I sometimes discover these gems of curriculum that I probably wouldn’t have thought of trying…

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Beginning Microsoft Small Basic – Review by "There’s More 2 Les"

It’s time for a guest blogger!  Today’s guest blogger is Leslie (and her 13-year-old son, Captain C) from There’s More 2 Les!            Those that know me know that I am a computer geek. I love them. We have more computers around our house than I care to admit…and most of them…

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How to Download and Install Small Basic

Today, we have a special guest blogger, Philip Conrod! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. This section is available as part of Chapter 1 of “Beginning Microsoft Small Basic”. You can find their books and other materials at the…

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Beginning Microsoft Small Basic – Review by "KGB That’s Me!"

It’s time for a guest blogger!   Today’s guest blogger is Kelly (and her 13-year-old son, Hayden) from KGB That’s Me!     My 13-year old son, Hayden, was given a chance to review this fun course called Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Computer Science for Kids.   WHAT IS IT?: Beginning Microsoft Small Basic is an…

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